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Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive.
Life is a masquerade
Anne says: For me, my mask is the “don’t leave home without it” item. Mask, keys, phone (my wallet has dropped out of use as contactless payment is the preferred method). What was initially uncomfortable and awkward, is now normalised. In Spain, we have been wearing masks since we came out of confinement in June (obligatory by law, you will be fined EU100 on the spot for not wearing one). In fact, I’ve been wearing medical grade masks (N95) since March as someone that’s considered “high at-risk”. It’s been a fascination of mine, observing how other countries apply regulations (or not) about masks, and of course, the reaction and behaviours of people for or against wearing masks. From that perspective, this article takes a historical look at mask wearing and the reasons.
From 16th century fashion accessories, the vizard, that was designed to protect women’s skin while travelling; 17th century “domino” masks (think Zoro) to not only protect but to create mystique; the Venetian 18th century masquerade wearing to deceive or seduce, frequently associated with social distance and etiquette, along with homosexual laws and disguise for gender-related encounters. In Covent Garden in London, prostitutes commonly wore masks.
Undoubtedly one of my favourites is the Toilet Mask, or face glove – and it’s not what you’re thinking!! It was to improve your complexion, remove blemishes and other snake oil type claims – make sure you read the ad.
As cars and motorbikes entered the scene, veils and visors protected you from the weather and fumes. Now, of course, visors on motorbike helmets are an essential piece of safety equipment. The ’60s and ’70s are my favourites – super cool, helmet and futuristic visor styles, along with the outfits!
As we return to our current times, masks are just starting to become fashionable, sporting equipment, and of course, safety during the pandemic.
However, the prize goes to… Lady Gaga at the VMA awards this week (and not included in the article below) for innovation, fashion, and well, making a statement.
How to SMIZE
Culturally, we obtain a great deal of our social queues from facial expressions. Our eyes and mouths in particular. But if the lower half of our face is covered by a mask, how do we smile? Or how do we indicate many emotions that the use of our mouth illustrates. With our eyes!!
Can you smile with your eyes?
It’s natural when you make a lovely, big, beaming smile that your eyes smile – but a small, discrete smile… that’s tricky!
The term smizing originated in the modelling industry, where deadpan faces are encouraged, but the eyes were used to communicate. In the hospitality industry, venues are now training their staff how to use their eyes to smile and be welcoming. If you want to find out how to do it – read the article (below) and watch the video (above).
When fashion met face masks
Jakkii says: As I write this on this dreary Friday morning here in Brisbane, I’m reeling from learning the father of a friend passed away from covid in Victoria. In Queensland, even in the South-East where the current restrictions are tighter than they are in other parts of the state (but still not that tight), you would be forgiven for thinking the pandemic was all but over. Yet, that’s not the case even here, but it’s certainly not the case in Victoria, and it sure drives home that point when you learn of someone you know being so personally and deeply affected.
As Anne points out in her piece, above, different jurisdictions around the world have had different approaches to masks, and Australia is no different. We were late adopters of masks as it is, and even now while they’re being worn in some places, in others they’re still few and far between. In Brisbane most people I see are mask-free, and there’s only been a little encouragement to wear masks in certain circumstances, such as if you’re on public or you’re otherwise somewhere that you can’t social distance. The effect, of course, is that people then generally don’t want to wear masks because ‘no one else is’. Perhaps the answer is turning them into a fashion statement?
While this article is more about the opposite being true – masks being necessary thus turning them into fashion, rather than turning them into fashion to get people to wear them – it still adds an interesting perspective, with fashion brands seeing an opportunity to not only fill an obvious gap in the market for stylish masks, but also to fill a gap in their revenue that itself was caused by the pandemic. Some of the numbers quoted are quite astounding, especially from my Queensland-based, non-masking wearing perspective.
‘Social cryptomnesia’: How societies steal ideas
Jakkii says: I found this to be both a fascinating and important read, as the author walks through the troubling and problematic phenomena of ‘social cryptomnesia’, which, in effect, is all about failing to credit people (generally, a minority group of some kind) for their role in provoking some form of social change. The article is about the issue on a social scale, however cryptomnesia happens even on as small a scale as between two people, as the author points out with an anecdote in the opening:
As I was researching this article, I had a humbling conversation with my wife.
“What have you been working on today?” she asked.
“Oh it’s a piece about a type of ‘cryptomnesia’, a technical term from psychology.”
I leaned forward and launched into a mansplainer. “Basically,” I said, “cryptomnesia is a term for when a forgotten memory is repackaged as your own idea. You fail to remember who told you something, or where you read it, so you think it’s your own. I’m writing about how it happens on a societal scale.”
“You can’t be serious. Are you joking?” she said.
“I told you about that,” she said.
She was right. So, this is an article about an idea that I learned from my wife, but forgot.
Even if you don’t read the article, I think the above anecdote is illustrative and relatable – it certainly is for most women, for many of whom this type of exchange could have easily taken place within the workplace. It’s such a common phenomenon of its own that it has its own name, hepeating, and plenty of articles and podcasts about what it is and how to deal with it (this podcast on HBR, The art of claiming credit , is a good one if you’re interested). Given how troubling that is, the notion of doing this at scale to entire peoples is disturbing, if hardly new. It’s important that we’re aware of it though, so we can spot it when it’s happening and work to fix it – and, hopefully, maybe one day get to the point where social cryptomnesia is a historical term rather than something we continue to perpetuate.
And hopefully, hepeating goes the way of the dinosaurs while we’re at it.
Around the house
I thought about doing something productive. Then I laid down for a few minutes, and the feeling passed.
— Akilah Green (@akilahgreen) August 23, 2020
Another week, another 7 days in the time of coronavirus. Whatever that looks like you are, we hope you’re staying safe, practicing social distancing, wearing your masks and washing your hands – and looking after your mental health, as well. Part of that, of course, is finding ways to entertain and enrich ourselves when we’re at home.
Here’s a few things for you this week:
- Take a trip back in time with these rare photos of the March on Washington
- Dive into this story about America’s dive bars facing an uncertain future
- Get sciencey: Water, water, every where — and now scientists know where it came from
- What to stream: “The City,” a challenging classic documentary of visionary urban planning
- Turn up your fitness and dance your way through the pandemic
- Journey into the underworld with this tale of the rise and fall of a Neopets black market underlord
- Not sure what to do? Cut yourself some slack: it’s called decision fatigue
- Climate change: How air conditioning could keep everyone cool without cooking the planet
- Mark your calendar: season 2 of The Mandalorian will hit Disney+ on 30 October
- Home not exactly über-tidy and clutter-free? Here’s your science-based defence for living in a state of disorganised, cluttered disarray
i miss three-times-a-year-at-a-party acquaintances most of all
— monicaheisey (@monicaheisey) August 23, 2020
he absolutely knows it pic.twitter.com/01X6IG2eUs
— Cindy (@supcindy) August 23, 2020
your favorite companies, if i was the chief of design pic.twitter.com/B480Zg576L
— Michael Li 🩺📱 (@Michaellskyes) August 27, 2020
Godzilla being granted Japanese citizenship pic.twitter.com/HVmLuTAV6y
— HedorahTOP (@Htop_Gunder) August 31, 2020
Misinformation Friday Five
- The women making conspiracy theories beautiful: How the domestic aesthetics of Instagram repackage QAnon for the masses
- Facebook takes down Russian operation that recruited U.S. journalists, amid rising concerns about election misinformation
- Microsoft’s new deepfake detection tool rates bogus videos with a confidence score
- Facebook still not doing enough to stem flow of misinformation
- Pinterest users won’t see ads when they search for election-related content
COVID-19 Friday Five
Wearing a mask with sunglasses gives me a level of anonymity I’ve desired.
— theres hella capricorn in my chart (@tweetlikeriri) August 25, 2020
- The new Apple-Google contact tracing tool finally seems useful
- The colossal scale of China’s coronavirus censorship on WeChat
- I’m a College Freshman Who Moved Into Campus. Now I Have COVID-19.
- How cities came back from disaster
- The kids may not be all right. Here’s how to check in on their mental health.
Work Friday Five
- Telstra’s take: The future of the workplace post-COVID-19 – the new normal isn’t coming, it’s here now
- Why empowerment, not monitoring, will drive success in the remote work age
- Cisco, ServiceNow announce integration for workplace contact tracing
- Everybody hates digital calendars, so everybody’s trying to build a better one
- Amazon drivers are hanging smartphones in trees to get more work (while Amazon’s drone delivery gets FAA approval)
Tech Friday Five
- Meet the star witness: your smart speaker
- What is an algorithm, anyway?
- Elon Musk is one step closer to connecting a computer to your brain
- Lower-income students are paying the price for the global laptop shortage
- Things that make you go hmmmm: Google offers to help others with the tricky ethics of AI
Community Management Friday Five
- Effectiveness of virtual communities hinge on trust
- Three hopes for online community building post-coronavirus
- Reddit reports 18% drop in hateful comments after recent change in enforcement approach
- Facebook introduces new online community building courses
- Podcast: How Twitch is creating safe spaces at scale, launching sub-communities & taking action on user feedback
Trump vs TikTok
- White House to clarify limits of TikTok, WeChat crackdown while users want to see evidence behind the ban
- TikTok deal talks are snarled over fate of app’s algorithms
- The bigger stakes of the TikTok debate
- WeChat is China’s everything app, and the ‘we’ is looking suspicious
- Why does Walmart want TikTok? Looking to China may explain
Australia vs Facebook and Google
- Can Australia force Google and Facebook to pay for news?
- Facebook: An update about changes to Facebook’s services in Australia
- One analyst’s take: Breaking down the code (and a good 16-tweet thread on news consumption on social media)
- Tech sector backs Facebook fightback against shakedown
- Opinion: If Facebook carries out its threat, Australian feeds will be awash with even more misinformation
Social Media Friday Five
- US election: What if Facebook is the real ‘silent majority’?
- Social media and social justice: How to vet online awareness campaigns before jumping in
- Accessibility: Twitter will soon have automated captions for audio and video
- Australian special forces Instagram account mocks war crime allegations, calls to ‘Make Diggers Violent Again’
- With TikTok’s fate uncertain, artists test Instagram Reels
Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast
This week: banning TikTok and WeChat, and the fragmented internet.
Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.
The stories this week
06:12 – The US bans TikTok and WeChat
Other stories we bring up
Microsoft employees called out colleagues who had formerly worked at Huawei and Alibaba to stop the #996 work schedule
Barbados is officially letting people move there to work remotely for a year
Soil could 3D print your next home
President Trump’s executive order blocks “any transaction that is related to WeChat”
Trump’s executive orders hurt more than TikTok and WeChat
US companies voice concerns over WeChat ban
Banning WeChat will destroy a lone bridge between the US and China
Oracle joins bid for TikTok’s U.S. operations
Apple’s Chinese business could be devastated by WeChat ban
To cover China, there’s no substitute for WeChat
What would an enterprise company like Microsoft or Oracle do with TikTok?
The Indian government banned 59 Chinese smartphone apps, including WeChat
An estimated 19 million people in the US use WeChat daily
How WeChat is used by the Chinese diaspora
WeChat is a digital bridge connecting China to the rest of the world
Restrictions on the two Chinese-owned apps