"A community made up of American ex-pats deep in the South American hills of Chile – far away from America’s annoying taxes, healthcare mandate, and legal abortions — was supposed to be a libertarian paradise of rugged individualism. Instead it cost many of the people who bought into it almost everything, and now is buried under lawsuits — a reminder that everything that glitters is not inflation-proof, Ron Paul-backed gold.
It seems pretty obvious that basing one’s society on a single work of (poorly written) fiction is folly, but for many adherents of Ayn Rand and her seminal book of Objectivist allegorical grandstanding, Atlas Shrugged isn’t just any book. It’s about as close to the Bible that many libertarians have — apart from the Bible, of course. It’s influenced an astounding number of conservative public figures — from Ron Paul to Rand Paul to Ronald Reagan. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s Rand-loving running mate and probable 2016 presidential contender, said it was his favorite book growing up."
yeah, i saw Galt’s Gulch: Chile, but i preferred Galt’s Gulch: Orange County
Coke in Romania
10/10 would drink
K-HOLE Investigates the Phenomenon of CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
amber reminded us on twitter that it’s been one year since Chili’s brony-gate. looking up the controversy around it from that time reminds me just how wrong everyone got it.
they were not showing solidarity for bronies. they were not trying to market to bronies. they were not trying to trick them into restaurants for brony marked-up prices (as if that would even be possible to execute, but that was one theory on a brony forum). and they did not take down the tweet due to anti-brony sentiment. in fact, the tweet had nothing to do with the community.
someone, like a social media manager or a content strategist or a meme maven or whatever, said “hey, here’s a wacky trend. let’s get on it so we’ll look cool. we can be like weird twitter.” they did not bother to understand the community or the movement, and even if they had, they did not bother to ask “do we belong in this space?” (never mind that, when the tweet came out, the “hey, get a load of this” novelty around the discovery of bronies was passé).
they took it down because they realized they were fools.
i am increasingly making recommendations for brands to stay away from bleeding-edge “cool.” two years ago, i wouldn’t have. i would’ve said (did, in fact) “add a human element, be off-brand, play with memes in ways your audience doesn’t expect.”
climates change, platforms change, audiences change. brands don’t. their tactics might, but they are still here to sell you something. and they are not your friend.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2015 Details
goddammit. alright, the GHOST COP work suits have to happen.
Tao Okamoto wearing Yohji Yamamoto photographed by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Japan September 2014
i want an outfit made out of a comforter
Ye olde Windows screen savers.
I FEEL OLD
childhood video games