The Don’t Miss List

 

We’re looking back at the topics we’ve covered this week and rounding up the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you definitely shouldn’t miss…

 

 

 

 

1. More Gen Y Female Comic Power

We wrote about Gen Y women being poised to take over comedy, and we don’t want you to miss that this week Mindy Kaling was named as one of Time’s 2013 100 most influential people in the world, Alison Brie’s incredibly popular reenactment of internet memes, or that Millennial-female powered Pitch Perfect is getting a sequel.

2. The Best Movie Award Moments

We gave you a Millennial recap of the MTV Movie Awards, but don’t miss the 14 best GIFs from the night, or the talked-about moment that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza attempted to steal Will Ferrell’s Comedic Genius award.

3. How to Catfish the World 

We wrote about catfishing being featured in Seventeen and J-14, but you shouldn’t miss instasham.me, a new “media arts project and social experiment” site that lets anyone fake a life of glitz and glam. Instasham provides fake pictures of beaches, fashions, European trips, parties and friends that you can easily post on your own Instagram feed.

4. The Next New Way to Shop

Yesterday we covered how Millennials are feeling like entrepreneurs (without risking a thing) by curating their own “stores” with products from around the internet. Don’t miss Svpply, an online community that lets users display image-board galleries of items from stores anywhere on the web that they want or own. Svpply was recently purchased by ebay and could change the way online shopping looks and works.

5. The Links We’re Sharing

We kept you up on the Essentials all week, but don’t miss the most intense email ever…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream' I think…A loaded term that is meaningless these days. At this point, I'd be happy if I can manage to live a mostly comfortable, independent life. Is that The American Dream? I don't know.” –Male, 25, PA

When it comes to kids using tablets and smartphones, most of the attention is given to the dangers of it all: what will it do to their attention spans, their minds, or their health? But there are potential positives to their mobile use as well. One (Millennial) mom’s reasons for continuing to give her kids handheld devices include the importance of encouraging their technology and problem solving skills, expectations that they will know how to use them in school, and a hope that her girls will be involved in tech in their futures. (Hip Mombrarian)

This might be the year that vending machines became a full blown marketing trend, and Nike has put their own athletic spin on the tactic. Their recent “secret” vending machine in NYC, the Nike+ FuelBox, dispensed products like hats, shirts, and socks that visitors could only pay for with daily points from their Nike+ FuelBands, encouraging exercise in exchange for goods. (Engadget)

We’ve seen FoMo, the rise and fall of YOLO, and now social media has given us MoMo, the “Mystery of Missing Out.” Unlike FoMo, Fear of Missing Out when you see your friends posting a ton of fun pictures on social media, MoMo is the anxiety that results when friends stop posting. In the words of one Millennial, “’what can be so good that they aren't posting?’” It might seem silly to some, but for a generation used to being connected with friends nearly all the time, the feeling of exclusion that results from being left out and unaware of what’s happening is real. (Jezebel)

The value of higher education is already being questioned by Millennials, and evidence is continuing to mount that college systems and hierarchies need to be rethought. One former Yale professor is making headlines by telling parents not to send their kids to Ivy League schools, and that those who attend are not the “winners in the race we have made of childhood” but that instead elite education produces “anxious, timid, and lost” young people. (New Republic)

Oh, Barbie. She's had a rough year, and Mattel recently released an Entrepreneur Barbie in an attempt to tap into girl power marketing, and revive flagging sales. But is the reality that Barbie is just too perfect for today’s kids? The brand’s offbeat, weirdo Monster High dolls do far better than pristine, “clean cut” blond icon. Tapping into new trends in toy tech and giving Barbie a renewed sense of “imaginative play” might help, but at the same time post-Millennials, like the generation before them, could be turned off by anything that doesn’t show some flaws. (The StarPhoenix)

Quote of the Day: “When I hear the phrase ‘The American Dream’ I think of 1950s cliches, the economic downturn of 2008, and how college debt has pretty much made it impossible.” –Female, 17, RI

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