Beware the n00bs

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Ah, nostalgia – how we love thee. That song your dad used to sing you to sleep with (The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever). That movie you’ve seen so many times you could practically recite it by heart (Beetlejuice). That TV show you used to watch over and over and over again during long lazy summer days (Bewitched).

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I love reddit

Book excerpt: The Age of the Remix

It’s fun to find something cool on the internet. It’s even more fun to share it with somebody else. Such is the ethos behind the wildly popular Reddit community, a social news website where eight million active users[i] submit content and vote it up or down in popularity and site ranking. With over 111,000 topical “subreddits”[ii] and a voting-based comment system that encourages…

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Sophy Bot at TEDxGramercy

The Hipster Effect at TEDx Gramercy

In March 2012, I was invited to speak about the hipster effect at the inaugural TEDxGramercy event. Without further ado, here is a video of my TEDx talk: on identity, personal transformation and the hipster effect.     I highly recommend checking out some of the other talks from TEDxGramercy. Quite enlightening all around.  

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A new definition of hipster

When was the last time you heard the word hipster being used? For most of us, not more than a few days pass in between encounters of the commonly used insult – and, for the most part, it is an insult. Yet despite its exceedingly common and widespread usage, publications continue to release articles declaring the hipster phenomenon over. Last week, Flavorwire published…

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I’m a time-shifter (and so are you)

I used to be one of those people who hated TV. You know the type – I didn’t own one and I wouldn’t allow one in my home. My laptop was my own personal movie theater, and for me that was enough. A few years later I upgraded to a dedicated monitor, and not long after that I caved in and got myself…

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Your Facebook identity: comic edition

Facebook identity comic 2 - The Joy of Tech

So apparently Facebook no longer has a privacy policy. Yep, that’s right – what was once its “Privacy Policy” has now become its “Data Use Policy,” which, to be fair, is a more accurate assessment of the policy’s actual content. After all, what Facebook is talking about here is all the different ways it’s going to use the mounds of personal data we…

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Infographic: Life, meet work. Work, meet life.

Infographic: Life, meet work. Work, meet life.

Once upon a time, there used to be this handy-dandy wall separating our work lives from our private lives. These days, the separation isn’t so clear. The line between life and work has been steadily eroding for years, with our personal lives now following us into the office and our work lives barging into our private homes. Below is an exclusive infographic taken…

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The Hipster Effect by Sophy Bot

Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present The Hipster Effect: How the Rising Tide of Individuality is Changing Everything We Know about Life, Work and the Pursuit of Happiness, now available for purchase on Amazon. This book is the culmination of a year and a half of solid effort and over 200 sources worth of research. Check it out and let me know your…

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Book excerpt: Translate my outfit

Translate my outfit

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” – Steel Magnolias Well, that and walk-in closets. After all, is there any better indication of the modern obsession with personal appearance than our need to have an entire room dedicated to housing our threads, kicks and baubles? There’s clothes for work, clothes for working out, clothes for going…

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Be my valentine, Internet

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Dear Internet, Will you be my valentine? You don’t have to show me your tubes or anything (though maybe when Grandpa Cray goes to sleep I can sneak a peek at your fiber optics). It’s just that… well, Internet, I love you. There, I said it. I’ve loved you since I first laid eyes on you, back in 1995 when you were still…

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