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January 24, 2024: Knitting.fail
This week on The Deep Dive: When cozy games cross over into the uncanny valley of real life, the jarring LEDs of late-2000s lighting, a story about two guys who thought they could disrupt knitting after one trip to Michael’s (I’m being serious), why we can’t stop watching TikTok edits, and it takes a village to raise a child but the villagers don’t feel like helping you and also they hate your kid.
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The Beautiful Illusion of Cozy Games by Zoe Bee (18:30)
Don’t worry, you’re still allowed to love Animal Crossing. But as a lover of cozy games myself, boy oh boy, was this an absolute read. If you’re an Animal Crosser or Dreamlight Valley resident, you’ll know that the underlying theme of all your quests is to buy, sell, and consume in order to build, flaunt, and accumulate the stuff that will help you achieve your goals. In this video, Zoe Bee examines the popularity of cozy games, the degenerate utopias they represent, and whether games have to be realistic to be fun. How did The Sims go from critiquing consumerism in its gameplay to feeding into it in its most recent version, which allows players to be landlords and join the military? Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to playing Spiritfarer.
Why every kitchen suddenly got cold by Kendra Gaylord (21:18)
Almost a year ago, one of my living room light bulbs burnt out. Did I replace it soon after? Of course not. I only got around to it last week, which led to days on end of me obsessing over the light emitting from it and whether it looked cooler or warmer compared to the other light bulbs in the room. I eventually, finally, moved on – and then this video popped up on my feed. In this video, Kendra Gaylord points out a genuinely disturbing change in lighting on Gilmore Girls that rears its cool-toned head around season 6. Did Gilmore Girls just get a new lighting team? Or does the change in lighting on Gilmore Girls mark a shift in lighting trends from incandescent to LED bulbs which emitted brighter, blue light and sparked (heh) a new style of home decor that centered on white-and-gray color schemes? I’ll let you be the judge.
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Knitters Hate These Guys: What Went Wrong with Knitting.com by emma in the moment (38:26)
What happens when you combine the sheer audacity of business podcast culture with two guys who think they’re smarter than most knitters, but not smart enough for fishing? The answer is this story, which comes with a healthy dose of schadenfreude targeted towards “disruptors” who couldn’t wait to shove Grandma out of the online knitting community. In this video, emma in the moment tells the very satisfying story of the disaster that was Knitting.com’s introduction and how its founders nearly ruined their dream $80,000 domain name over the course of a single podcast episode. Who enters a whole new market with barely any research assuming they can take it over in less than a year?
The power of TikTok Edits by Jules Terpak (41:49)
Even if you’ve found yourself inexplicably captivated by a TikTok edit of your favorite TV or film character, you might still be surprised to learn how influential edits have become to our understanding of culture and consumption of media. In this video, Jules Terpak explores the world of TikTok edits, from niche fandoms to recreating entire scenes in Netflix’s Wednesday to providing political education to the masses. When the first fan edit was created back in the 1970s, there was no telling where the internet would eventually take the art form (except for George Lucas, he kinda predicted this would happen). But edits today don’t just tap into your most basic human instincts, they also have the ability to make their subjects question themselves.
Children in an Era of Hyper Individuality and Late Stage Capitalism by Cheyenne Lin (45:03)
It may take a village to raise a child, but what happens when capitalism destroys that village in favor of tiny, individual kingdoms in the form of single-family homes? In this video, Cheyenne Lin investigates the seemingly growing animosity towards children on social media, from iPad kids to kids who “can’t read” to adults demanding child-free spaces everywhere they go, no matter how public. What do we lose when we demand control over every aspect of our surroundings? How does imperialist extraction contribute to high birth rates? And do you actually have the right to exist in a child-free bubble that follows you around?
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