An insect cuisine movement has been stirring in the US for years. Its proponents tout the humanitarian and environmental benefits of a diet built on bugs, while reports suggest that we may be unintentionally eating our fair share of insects already. Now, several chefs are introducing artisan elements into insect cooking in order to provoke epicures to seek out more bug-based gastronomy.
A recent informal poll suggests that Gen Ys may be even more forgetful than their elders. While some attribute the lack of recall to stress, the ever increasing reliance on technology as a memory augmentation tool may be another factor—which may explain why products that help their users find misplaced and lost items are becoming more commonplace.
The audiocassette—despite its datedness—has persevered as an object for nostalgic admiration, an artifact of mix tape culture, and, most importantly, a cheap and easy tool for the dissemination of independent, experimental music. Amid recent reports that cassette sales are up, this lo-fi medium now seems primed to make its way back into the mainstream.
Fashion icons and pop stars have long enjoyed a symbiotic relationship—think Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier or Run D.M.C. and Adidas—but liaisons between retail chains and music titans are now on the rise as well. As brands try to replicate the multisensory environs of physical stores online, many are using music to enhance both the shopping experience and their brand personalities.
Cards Against Humanity, the open source board game that seems to be popping up everywhere this summer, became one of Kickstarter’s biggest success stories by reminding people just how fun a game that doesn’t exist solely on a screen can be. In fact, it has helped to spur a full-on party games comeback, with a slew of new titles vying to become the next big hit.
For this month’s edition of First Fridays, we spoke with Jabari Johnson, co-founder of Volume Visual, “the first multi-channel YouTube network for hip-hop artists and content creators.” Read on for Jabari’s picks for the next big hip-hop artists, his thoughts on why a solid business plan is crucial to any endeavor, and his ideas on what really constitutes a successful YouTube effort.