When ugly is beautiful

In a selfie-obsessed world, it pays to be ugly. Fashion houses across the world make eye-cringing designs on purpose. The crazier, the better. Says Prada’s head fashion designer Miuccia Prada: “The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. And why? Because ugly is human. It touches the bad and the […]

The Snapchat bandaid

Just make it look like a Snapchat. All social networks are becoming extensions of Snapchat, a medium that once stood on its own. Snapchat introduced the next text messaging obsession: video consumption. Now, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp all have skin in the mobile messaging video game. YouTube is also trying to become more interactive and […]

The naked, karaoke version of you

It’s no fun if you’re good at karaoke. It’s equally annoying to laugh while you’re singing. You’re supposed to be so bad that your friends can’t ignore you. Said it’s Japanese creator Daisuke Inoue: “I was nominated [as] the inventor of karaoke, which teaches people to bear the awful singing of ordinary citizens, and enjoy it […]

Instagram clones Snapchat Stories, for the better  

Facebook picked a strong running mate in Instagram to take on Snapchat. It had no choice. Facebook’s efforts to combat Snapchat with standalone apps like Poke and Slingshot didn’t work. No one wants to download yet another social networking app. So instead of recreating the wheel Instagram straight up copied Snapchat’s stories. And it has […]