Your average Starbucks experience: Stand in line, slip cardboard sleeve over paper cup and sip the hot brew through a plastic hole at walking pace. Ouch, burned your lips? McDonald’s: Stand in line, choose burger, maybe add an extra slice of processed cheese, gulp it down cause it drips. Feeling bloated? Fast Food is less about pleasure than about quick, guilty satisfaction. So 20th century! Today, we appreciate the handmade, the regional and like to indulge without qualms. And the fast food giants are going new ways to keep up.
What does it look like inside Douglas Coupland’s brain? The bestselling author who coined terms like ”Generation X“ and ”McJob“ turns out to be an avid hoarder. Elin Goethe meets Coupland, the visual artist, to have a chat about unresolved Germanness, TV as art and machines talking about us behind our back.
The most compelling stories still happen on TV. But with long-running, epic shows like Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Mad Men or Game of Thrones getting into their finales, losing steam or causing severe between-season withdrawal, a new generation of miniseries is getting buzz and award glory.
In his new book “Dataclysm”, Christian Rudder suggests that by analyzing the digital traces we leave behind while browsing, we can gain insights about human behavior. Is this an all too presumptuous and positivist stance on big data or is there a revolution ahead?
Alastair Humphreys loves extremes. He has rowed the Atlantic, cycled round the world, crossed the Empty Quarter Desert, India and Iceland, among others. In 2012, he was one of National Geographic Magazine’s Adventurers of the Year. But a few years ago, he decided to have a closer look at his native Britain and found adventure right in front of his suburban doorstep.
We met world famous and most sought-after designer Stefan Sagmeister at the Brand Eins conference in Hamburg where he gave a lecture on creativity and about not letting a job as vocation degenerate into dull routine.
My smartphone recently greets with a short and firm ”Yo“. Critics call ”Yo“ the stupidest app in the world. Nevertheless, it is rated with five to ten million dollars market value. So what's behind it?
New to the team at STURM and DRANG: We welcome Dorothe Hamann, Fabian Tönnesmann and Judith Schmelz.
We give more to storm victims when a hurricane starts with the same letters as our own name, and solve problems more creatively when we are shown an Apple logo prior to doing so. Adam Alter's fun behavioral facts should be taken with a grain of salt, though, finds Betty Siegel...
Netflix has launched in Germany and is changing the way we consume TV and altering how films and series are produced. Our Canadian correspondent Elin Goethe has been using the video-on-demand provider for the last two years and admits: She is netf(l)ixed.