Cameron Russell’s TED talk deconstructing the facade of the modeling industry.
VS model and daughter of ZipCar co-founder Robin Chase deconstructs what it means to be a “sexy white” model.
Caught wind of this talk via Tricia and Kevin the other night. It’s very emotionally honest in a way that most TED talks aren’t. It’s also really damn good.
A *fantastic* post by about how menswear is dealing with what fashion blogs in general wrought about two years ago and blogs in general did to media during the height of the Denton/Calacanis years.
Click through for the entire link but I’ve paraphrased my favorite parts below…
Outside of menswear, I spend a lot of my time reading about economics and politics, and this issue has been treaded over many times. As one arguement goes, before the internet, we had identifiable public intellectuals who had to climb their way up through the ranks - usually academic or journalism ranks - before they could be taken seriously. They had to have rigorous training of some kind, and they held to high professional standards. Nowadays, anyone with a laptop can prattle on about the Middle East conflict or state of the global economy. There is no need to prove yourself to other intellectuals or have newspaper editors check your facts. All you need is an account at Blogspot.
One of the important things to recognize here is that traditional media failed the public long before blogs were even around. The death of the public intellectual happened arguably in the 1980s or 1990s, and that’s just in social commentary; it happened much earlier in the arts. Where we used to have Bertrand Russell and George Orwell, we now have David Brooks and Paul Krugman. Even Maureen Dowd has a column (how I have no idea). I like Brooks and Krugman, but they’re no Russell or Orwell.
Contrast that with blogs, where the conversation is a thousand times richer than what you’d find in most mainstream magazines and newspapers. To be sure, there are still great publications such as The Financial Times, The Economistand Harpers, but most mainstream publications are pretty devoid of any serious insight. In my opinion, blogs have saved the public discourse on politics and economics.
There’s a theory out there called Condorcet’s theorem. Roughly speaking, it says that if you take a group of people who each have over a 50% chance of being correct, they will as a collective make a better decision than any single person. I’d like to think that this is happening with menswear blogs. Allowing the public to decide which voices are worthy of listening to, instead of just giving that power to one editor, seems to have allowed better content to emerge. This is one instance with rapid democratization has been incredibly successful.