August 21, 2019

Making It Up 098: How memes and brands relate and breaking down virtual influencers

On Making It Up 098, Charis and Eugene talk about the possible relationship between memes and brands as being top-down or bottom-up, giving the New York Times and Wendy’s as examples of each. They also discuss the new virtual influencer Liam Nikuro and what virtual influencer companies get right and what they could do better.


00:01:41 Memes and brands
00:22:39 Virtual influencers


August 2, 2019

Making It Up 097: The history and effect of the hipster

On Making It Up 097, Eugene and Charis discuss only one topic this week, but go all in on it. Greg Jackson’s essay “Hipster Elegies” provides the starting point for a conversation on the history of the hipster and the importance of the hipster on the evolution of culture.

July 24, 2019

Making It Up 096: Peak podcast and the Bob Ross paintings mystery

On Making It Up 096, Charis and Eugene talk about whether we have reached peak podcast and, if not, what peak podcast would look like. They also discuss where the thousands of Bob Ross paintings are, what his appeal has been in the last five years, and how people are seeking hope wherever they can.


00:02:27 Peak podcast
00:31:46 Bob Ross


July 17, 2019

Making It Up 095: Instagram combats bullying and the millennial art market

On Making It Up 095, Charis and Eugene discuss measures Instagram as a platform is taking to combat bullying and more generally what bullying looks like. They also talk about how the art market is changing to attract younger collectors, as well as the company Otis which is about investing in “alternative assets.”

July 10, 2019

Making It Up 094: What photographers owe subjects and smartphones are either killing or saving the planet

On Making It Up 094, Charis and Eugene talk about what the relationship between a photographer and their subjects looks like, according to four different photographers. They also discuss two articles that seem to take a different stance on the smartphone—it’s either a planet killer or a global savior.


00:06:07: Photographers and subjects
00:28:07: Killer/savior smartphones


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