I’m sick of writing about myself and I want to write something, so I am writing my reactions to some recent news stories.
Morgan Stanley released a research report showing that the NFT market for luxury brands may reach over $50 billion by 2030, with Metaverse increasing demand.
“Owning a piece of immaculately detailed embroidery or stark, angular sunglasses by iconic Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana is an unquestionable statement of taste, luxury, and style.
Morgan Stanley thinks putting them on an avatar of yourself will someday be, too. In fact, as a wave of companies rush to adjust their marketing (often incoherently) to get in on the “meta” craze, analysts at the US bank said Tuesday that demand for fashion and luxury brands in the so-called metaverse could reach $50 billion by 2030.”https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/11/16/morgan-stanley-thinks-luxury-brands-could-rule-the/
I’m not a luxury brand shopper, but I can understand the mentality of wanting luxury branded physical goods. I’m struggling to understand the mindset of the consumer who wants to buy luxury branded virtual goods in the Metaverse. Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but I thought the appeal of having a designer handbag was having a physical designer handbag.
The saddest thing about this ridiculous headline is that it doesn’t even shock me. There is so much crazy in the world, so much antisemitism, and so much crazy that people legitimately believe that I’ve lost the capacity to be shocked.
Actually, I take that back a bit. I am surprised by the part where the originator of the email had the self-awareness to recognize that this would sound crazy (bolding is mine):
“I write this email knowing that many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it,” Bateman began. “I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people. It’s obvious now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything. Everyone is discounting their own judgment and dismissing their intuition. I believe the Jews are behind this.”https://www.newsweek.com/gop-donor-claims-pope-francis-jewish-agent-installed-distribute-vaccine-1665640
I agree with the internet on this one. If you read the Am I The Asshole Reddit, the Stepdad is clearly the asshole in this story. Who tells children who just lost their father to “stop crying”?! I think the LW should divorce this guy too, to be honest.
I am somewhat surprised that Newsweek considers this a sufficiently news-worthy story to put in their Culture section. In fact, whatever is trending in r/AmItheAsshole appears to be a regular feature. Here’s how Newsweek describes itself:
Newsweek is a premier news magazine and website that has been bringing high-quality journalism to readers around the globe for over 80 years.https://www.newsweek.com/about-newsweek
4) “No worries,” “circle back” and “you’re on mute” among list of phrases that should be banished, university says
CBS is covering Lake Superior State University’s annual Banished Word List, an annual tradition since 1976, which makes this headline less stupid than it initially sounds. Here are my reactions to some of the selections:
“New normal” is ranked No. 8, and nominators criticized its overuse and questioned the logic behind the phrase.
“After a couple of years, is any of this really ‘new’?” one wrote.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/banished-words-list-2022-no-worries-circle-back-wait-what/?fbclid=IwAR3fc3vNegHEgSQyQIdriYVOqM9Ch57MKJehPdbEoYm1eiFyBaxYV8SeP7s
I 100000% agree.
The phrase “wait, what?” topped Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula lighthearted list of 10 winners chosen from among more than 1,250 submissions. “Wait, what?” irritated nominators who felt the phrase intended to show astonishment or disbelief is overused.
“I hate it,” one wrote. Another added: “I don’t want to wait.”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/banished-words-list-2022-no-worries-circle-back-wait-what/?fbclid=IwAR3fc3vNegHEgSQyQIdriYVOqM9Ch57MKJehPdbEoYm1eiFyBaxYV8SeP7s
Huh? I mean, “Wait, what?” is stupid, but someone is taking this way too literally.
“You’re on mute,” and “supply chain,” rounded out the list — a nod to our continued reliance on virtual meetings and widely reported shortages of consumer products ranging from computer chips to furniture.
“Supply chain issues have become the scapegoat of everything that doesn’t happen or arrive on time and of every shortage,” one nominator said.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/banished-words-list-2022-no-worries-circle-back-wait-what/?fbclid=IwAR3fc3vNegHEgSQyQIdriYVOqM9Ch57MKJehPdbEoYm1eiFyBaxYV8SeP7s
I don’t know what to say here. “You’re on mute” is overused, but it’s also practical. What else are you supposed to say to someone trying to speak in a virtual meeting while they forgot to take themselves off-mute? Invent some other dumb euphemism?
And we have supply chain issues. Raw materials, packaging components, labor, trucks, ports, etc. Do people think “supply chain issues” is a euphemism for something else? Would they rather companies outright lie and either blame something else or promise the order is coming soon when it really isn’t? I truly don’t understand people.
I know it’s only January 2022, but I’m nominating “flurona” for Lake Superior State University’s 2023 List of Banished Words. And “twindemic“. Just because you can take two words and make a dumb portmanteau doesn’t mean that you should.
New year, new coronavirus term?https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/what-is-flurona-coronavirus-and-influenza-co-infections-reported-as-omicron-surges/ar-AASsMzp?ocid=msedgntp
I think that is one thing we can all agree that we do not need in 2022. If we cannot eradicate the coronavirus, let us resolve to eradicate this idiotic vocabulary.