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    John Gapper, "How millennials became the world’s most powerful consumers"

    The Financial Times - metered paywall - 6 Jun 2018

    This FT’s “big read” (about 7-8 min) explains in vivid terms how the biggest global generation (2bn millennials are coming of age) will upend business​ from the US to China. Their choices differ markedly from those of their predecessors (the baby boomers). In a nutshell, the millennials don’t’ want bland, mass-market products shipped from factories by huge corporations. They prefer smaller, independent brands and outlets and this pattern extends to media consumption: technology and social media have unleashed an extraordinary fragmentation in how they absorb information.

    Published in Weekly selection 9 June 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Ageing, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Jia Tolentino, "My Visit to the World’s First Gym for Your Face"

    The New Yorker - 7 Jun 2018

    As this article shows, beauty standards are intensifying under the influence of technology, with the bar of “perfection” being continually raised. Young female adulthood is now defined by constant visual self-surveillance and an overwhelming redirection of anxiety into the “wellness” space. As a result, the financial and psychological drain created by the beauty industry grows ever stronger, resulting in a refusal “to ever be content with yourself” (reads in 8-10 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 9 June 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Ageing

    Andrew Scott, "The Myth of the Ageing Society"

    World Economic Forum - 25 May 2018

    An interesting contrarian opinion! The LSE economist explains why the rapid increase in lifespans over the past few decades means that age is not what it used to be. The old-age dependency ratio’s (OADR) argument is less valid than it used to be because the assumption that old people are unproductive consumers of government benefits is now wrong. Scott argues that, unless public policy reflects that fact, the dividends of longevity may be squandered (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 1 June 2018

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