Daily news, insights, and expert commentary on current and future Gen Z and Millennial trends.

 

Fantasia, You Go Girl!

So this is my attempt at a mini-“Idol” package since the big finale is tonight and it would be lame of me...

New York City Tourists

Harlem Live is an amazing zine produced by teens from across NYC. For today’s Digital Graffiti, I found a funny, well-drawn comic by Justin...

Are Young Adults Bored With Iraq Coverage?

According to Central Michigan University media researchers David Weinstock and Timothy Boudreau, teens seem concerned about the War in Iraq but are not interested in...

No Thanks for The Memories

A friend sent me this link from the San Jose Mercury News about how the combination of the Valley’s economic downturn combined with a...

Hiking is Kinda Like Killing Zombies

This is an interesting piece in the L.A. Times (registration required) written while the writer was attending E3, the big gaming conference that recently...

'Justine' Tries to Make Clean Cut Cool

Spotted this little diddy from the Delta Democrat in Greenville, MS, about “Justine,” the new teen girl mag published out of Memphis. The gist is...

Harvard Drops Sexy H-Bomb

Those crazy Harvard kids. The Boston Globe reports that today Harvard co-eds will receive their first issue of H-Bomb, the new Nerve.com like literary...

The Way It Is, Dude

Broadcast news veteran Walter Cronkite is returning to TV, MTV that is. According to Newsday, the 87-year-old “journalistic Gandalf” will appear on camera for 5-6...

The Newsfeed

Quote of the Day: “I think we’re already seeing alcohol lose its health halo. Next, the assumption that alcohol is essential to a good, sophisticated life will fade.”—Joy Manning, Deputy Editor, Edible Communities (Medium)

“The doofus dad” TV stereotype is being remade for role-resisting Millennial parents. Inept at care-taking and almost everything else, the tired stereotype is saying its last “D’Oh!” as The Simpson’s Homer Simpson and Peppa Pig’s Daddy Pig get replaced with a new wave of capable fathers like Bluey’s Bandit. The switch could have a real impact on the way kids understand family life, with one research fellow explaining, “The media reflects reality and also constructs reality.” (SMH)

Apple's new subscription gaming service Arcade will cannibalize its own App Store downloads—and that’s a good thing. Downloads in the App Store are on the decline, despite mobile gaming maintaining popularity and raking in revenue. If Apple can turn Arcade into young gamers’ go-to for mobile play, they’ll be poised for success that could outstrip even Apple TV and Apple Music. (The Motley Fool)

Gen Z music artists are “post-genre.” Mixing several influences into one song has become a way for rising artists to set themselves apart, and thanks to self-upload services like SoundCloud, they don’t need music industry exec’s approval. Meanwhile, the Genreless Generation can curate blended playlists via Spotify to fit moods and occasions rather than “rock” or “pop” and are streaming has also globalized their content consumption, so U.S. genres are no longer a limit. (Vice)

Carl’s Jr. has a CBD-infused burger that costs exactly $4.20. The chain restaurant is giving fast food a Cannabis Infusion, but only at one Denver, Colorado location, and only for one day. The Rocky Mountain High Cheese Burger Delight packs 5 mg of the chemical that won’t get you high. CBD is the trendy ingredient du jour, with 57% of 18-36-year-olds telling us they’re interested in trying it, and the chemical has made its way into everything from lotion to La Croix-like beverages. (LAT)

Axe is challenging masculinity with “bathsculinity.” The brand has been blurring gender lines for the Genreless Generation for years now, and their latest series of YouTube spots is showing that men can take baths, too. They’ve enlisted comedian Lil Rel Howery, who takes bubble baths surrounded by candles in the humorous videos. And they couldn’t be more on-trend: bath time is seeing a surge as a salve for Millennial anxiety. (Marketing Dive)

Quote of the Day: “I think for a cohesive strategy and for really helping to build awareness as well as grow the market size for new things, there's definitely digital and social media. But also, there has to be this in-real-life element.”—Alicia Yoon, Founder, Peach & Lily (YPulse)

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