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November 15, 2023: The Right to Relax
This week on The Deep Dive: A decline in productivity sounds like your boss’s problem, there’s a reason that electrical outlet looks like a concerned face to you, older women are expected to toe a fine line when it comes to fashion, students aren’t getting worse but school might be, and there could be more to Abbott Elementary’s teachers than meets the eye.
I’ll be taking a much-needed break next week to spend time with family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Deep Dive will return on Wednesday, November 29 but in the meantime, don’t forget to catch up on The Deep Dive’s YouTube playlist and shop The Deep Dive merch here. Happy holidays, rabbits! 🐰
Productivity Rips You Apart by Horses (11:45)
We’ve all been there. The day starts out full of promise and with a seemingly endless amount of time to check off all the items on your to-do list. You take some time to yourself and before you know it, the hours have somehow flown by without a single to-do being done. You get discouraged by your lack of productivity, kicking off the cycle all over again. In this video, Horses describes how our economic and social systems worked together to make productivity the single most important value for so many of us, but at what cost? How did office work rebrand productivity from being a macro issue to an issue so micro it forced individuals to “just work harder?” And are we just setting ourselves up for guaranteed burnout?
Pareidolia: Seeing Faces in Things by Duncan Clarke (18:14)
People are annoying, but we also crave human connection so much that we’re able to see human-like faces in pretty much everything we look at: electrical outlets, car headlights, tree stumps, rock formations, and even pieces of burnt toast. In this video, Duncan Clarke explains this phenomenon of the human condition, called pareidolia. Why are we subconsciously so committed to seeing faces? How do artists play with pareidolia to create striking and multi-faceted paintings? And why does that upside-down picture of Margaret Thatcher have to be so terrifying?
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the fashion industry hates older women by Mina Le (41:16)
The fashion industry has a long history of mocking older women for failing to meet its impossibly high standards without “trying too hard” or “letting themselves go.” In this video, Mina Le walks us through that history, outlining the very specific and often contradictory advice aging women have been given over the years when it comes to the appropriate ways to present themselves to the public. How does the fashion industry’s dismissal of older women reflect the way they’re treated in society as a whole? And despite the increased visibility of older women in fashion today, what are the conditions they must meet to gain recognition within the industry?
Are Students Getting Worse? by Elliot Sang (52:41)
Learning is fun, or at least it’s supposed to be. Anybody who is subscribed to a video essay recommendation newsletter knows that. So why are so many kids struggling to keep up in school nowadays? In this video, Elliot Sang, along with education video essayist Zoe Bee, uncovers the truth behind the “students are getting worse” rhetoric that seems to be making its rounds on social media these days. If you think today’s student behaviors and performance can be entirely attributed to COVID and remote schooling, you’re not wrong. But you’re also not right. What is the true purpose of the education system here in the United States and much of the Western world? And are students actually learning in school today? If so, what are they learning?
Abbott Autistic Elementary: Deep Dive by Fab Socialism (1:50:53)
For many viewers, Abbott Elementary is a funny, refreshing, and groundbreaking show about teachers at an underfunded Philadelphia school. But if you know what to look for, you’ll notice something about some of the show’s main characters – specifically Janine, Gregory, and Jacob. In this video, Fab Socialism dives deep into the possibly neurodivergent-coded characters of Abbott Elementary, their interactions with fellow characters, and what they communicate to the show’s audience. How does the show treat bullying from characters like Barbara, Melissa, and Ava? And is Abbott Elementary’s portrayal of neurodivergence a coincidence, or do the writers know exactly what they’re doing?
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Whether or not you plan on contributing to Thanksgiving dinner, this video of Claire Saffitz cooking her ideal feast is so warm and relaxing. While I can appreciate the culinary talent required to assemble an entire Thanksgiving dinner from start to finish, I’ll stick with my crowd-pleasing and incredibly simple to make go-to recipe: Jiffy Corn Casserole. Feel free to steal it for your next Friendsgiving.
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The Deep Dive's Random Question of the Week 🐰
What's your ideal video essay length?
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🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 2005-2006: Experimental era (Me at the zoo) (12%)
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 2006-2008: Viral era (Charlie bit my finger) (11%)
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🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ 2015-2018: Connection era (Casey Neistat) (12%)
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