Ypulse Essentials: Using Video Games To Millennialize Education, MTV Movie Award Noms, Is ‘Hipster Racism’ For Real?

Check out the rest of today's essentials on one teen's crusade against airbrushed fashion magazines, Pepsi's live-streamed Twitter concerts, JCPenney's Cosmo collab, and more

A new magnet school opening its doors this fall plans to prepare students for the job market (by giving them the ultimate tech education. Students at Florida’s iTech Academy may be studying video gaming, but they’re learning science, technology, math, and engineering, prepping them for career tracks that are in high demand. That’s one way to Millennialize education! In other gaming news, tween girls are gamers too, according to a new study. Girls’ video game interests differ from boys’ in that they’re more into creating avatars and take advantage of social gaming experiences. Millennial teens have never lived without technology, making them true “digital natives.” 

The MTV Movie Award nominees list is out (and looking at it you might think only three films were made in the past year. “Hunger Games,” “Bridesmaids,” and “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part Two” are nominated in nearly every category. Speaking of movies, the young sci-fi fans in our office can’t stop talking about the trailer for “Prometheus,” which some critics are already suggesting may be the best of director Ridley Scott’s career) (MTV) (Hypebeast)

We have to admit the concept of “hipster racism” (made us think, even if it sounds a bit ridiculous. The idea refers to hipsters adopting and adapting other cultures — think Navajo prints and trucker hats — and reminded us that Millennials are the most multicultural generation in history. They don’t feel the need to categorize everything like older generations. They just know what they like when they see it) (Chicago Tribune) (MTV via @MTVInsights)

We’re super impressed with 14 year old Julia Bluhm, who is tired of seeing airbrushed teen magazines (so she’s started an online petition to get Seventeen magazine to publish at least one fashion spread a month with…

 
 

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“I eat [Pizza Hut] least two times per month; it's one of my favorite places to go to eat pizza.”—Male, 35, VA

More Millennials are asking for cash wedding registries, and it’s bad news for stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Williams Sonoma. Increasingly, young couples are asking guests to contribute towards their nest egg, travel, or anything they feel like buying themselves. Companies like Zola and Honeypot have boomed in popularity, offering a personalized platform for their cash registries. However, their success with wedding registries is taking “a key customer acquisition tool” away from home décor stores. (Insider)

The beauty industry is catering to Customization Nation, as more companies crop up to blend unique beauty products for each customer. But can the trend scale? Truly personalized products, like the ones offered by hair care start-up Function of Beauty and makeup company Bite Beauty, take time and resources. But companies that offer base products with just a personalized element or two could be the future of the industry. And big-name brands are getting their feet wet too: Lancôme and CoverGirl have both offered custom-made foundations. (Glossy)

Nordstrom is taking risks to survive retail’s big shifts. Instead of shuttering stores, they’re opening experimental retail locations, revamping their department stores, and making their mark in Manhattan with their first store openings. The long-standing brand also bought ecommerce site HauteLook and the subscription service Trunk Club. So far, their risk-taking hasn’t proved to be a boon to their bottom line—but only time will tell. (WSJ)

Hollister is teaming up with AwesomenessTV to reach Gen Z with a YouTube series. “The Carpe Life” will be a part of a broader campaign, which includes influencer marketingand appeals to young consumers’ love for active, adventurous lifestyles. "The Carpe Life" follows Hollister's first YouTube series, “This is Summer” which “boosted key brand metrics by double digits,” adding on to their overall positive impact on Abercrombie & Fitch’s rising bottom line. (Marketing Dive)

Netflix is switching its strategy, putting less money into “prestige films” for the Post-TV Gen. Instead, they’re churning out more direct-to-video releases. Last year, they bought ten titles at Sundance while this year they had none. While they continue to create original content like the recent The Cloverfield Paradox, they’re betting on less-than-award-worthy films to maintain their hold on Millennial viewers. (The Atlantic)

“Basically if I found out any brand was supporting causes I do not support and actively oppose, I will avoid buying their products.”—Female, 27, CA

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