The Friday Don’t Miss List

Your weekly round-up of the topics we’ve covered this week along with all the things that might not have made it in our posts the first time around, but that you should not miss…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Lessons in Breakfast Cereal

Our Lessons in Marketing to Millennials post told you that Cheerios’ recent spot featuring a multiracial family started an online controversy after hateful comments flooded the YouTube page, but don’t miss that a “Response to Haters” spoof of the ad posted to YouTube this week is racking up views by featuring an interracial lesbian couple and their daughter, who asks, “Isn’t it true…in the year 2013 the way our family looks shouldn’t be such a big deal?”

 

2. Paranoia Chat

We told you about some of the paranoia apps entering the market to track kids and find diseases trending near you, but don’t miss some of the new tools for paranoid social chatters.  The answer to privacy issues surrounding Snapchat could be Clipchat, an more paranoid version of the popular app that offers stricter privacy features, pixilated photos revealed within only 5 seconds (versus Snapchat’s 10 second allotment), and a black screen pop-up that thwarts screenshots.

 

3. Getting Blinged-Out

We perused Teen Vogue in our Teen Mag Roundup this week, getting the lowdown on covergirl Nicki Minaj’s “fan-sourced” clothing line. Now don’t miss the fact that Minaj’s Kmart collection debuted this week, and the blinged-out biker hat heavy line is being called crazy by many, but NYMag deems it “perfect.” And while we told you to watch for upcoming film The Bling Ring this summer, don’t miss this rundown of where the real Bling Ring members are now.

 

 4. More Myspace Reboot

Yesterday’s Essentials let you know about Myspace’s major marketing investment, but don’t…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “Master of None represents my generation because it takes the little things (going to a taco place) and expands on how the choices are debilitating.”—Female, 33, MN

We know how many Millennials planned to watch last night’s debates, but how many knew they could watch in virtual reality? VR social network AltspaceVR has created an experience that allows participants to watch live debates virtually, in a VR re-creation of NBC News Democracy Plaza at New York’s Rockefeller Center. At the launch party, attendees, including Al Roker, were represented as avatars and instead of applause, emojis were used to express reactions. AltspaceVR has been working to build a virtual community over the past year and hopes to bring people together during “a bitterly divided campaign” with the new experience. (The Verge

The latest smart toys are getting kids away from screens. Global sales of smart toys are expected to increase from $2.8 billion in 2015 to $11.3 billion by 2020, and according to one expert, synching a toy to a phone or tablet will soon be as common as putting in batteries. To appease parents concerned with screen time, these toys are increasingly about physically interacting with the toy itself, putting apps in the background. One example of the trend is Smarty: an internet-connected personal assistant for kids that answers questions, reminds them to do their homework, streams music and books, and more. (The Guardian

What’s holding back the Millennials from creating more startups? Money. A new study found that 72% of 18-34-year-olds see entrepreneurship as being "essential for new innovation and jobs in our economy," and almost eight in ten see working for a startup “a signal of success”—but only 22% say they would start one of their own. Lack of capital is holding four in ten back from taking the risk—for women and minorities that number is even higher. (Business Insider

Toy brands are constantly competing for kids’ attention, and now that industry drama is coming to the small screen. Amazon is introducing Toy Wars, a drama series based on the rivalry between toy giants Hasbro and Mattel. The show is based on the non-fiction book Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies that Make Them, which follows a “free spirit” Hasbro executive who was forced to take over the company when his “marketing genius” brother passed away from AIDS. The series will be co-written by Book Of Mormon star Josh Gad and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, whose father helped turned Hasbro into a top toy company. (Deadline

Communal housing is a growing Millennial trend, but it also dates back to the Middle Ages. Co-housing groups have been catching on as young people and families look to share household responsibilities, cut costs, and have a deeper sense of community with others. While it might seem strange in modern times, the instinct is ancient: According to A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, medieval Europe homes were “essentially gathering places for small groups of revolving residents,” where people lived with friends and extended communities. (The Atlantic

Quote of the Day: “Adventure Time is the show that best represents my generation because we like the nostalgic aspect of watching cartoons but we also like off-the-wall plots.” –Male, 21, MI 

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