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Making It Up by MAEKAN is a weekly podcast exploring the latest news in the creative world and analyzing how and why it'll impact culture at large.

Head over to patreon.com/maekan if you're interested in supporting us and being part of our larger community which includes regular newsletters and a vibrant Discord community.
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Charis and Eugene talk about an article by Anne Helen Petersen describing the current US economy as the “capitalism is broken” state of things. They also discuss load management, a basketball strategy that conserves the energy of star players, in the context of creative work. 00:04:21 The economy 00:28:39 Load management The 'Capitalism is Broken' Economy by Anne Helen Petersen Try this NBA strategy to help manage hybrid work by Tim Sanders Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis talk about the difficulties that social media managers face and how platforms as well as businesses could do a better job of supporting workers in that area. They also discuss an essay that describes the author’s life growing up on a commune and what non-commune individuals could learn from that mentality. 00:03:21 Social media 00:25:30 Commune life What It Was Like Growing Up on a Commune by Kathryn Jezer-Morton I’m a social media manager. Facebook and Twitter have made my job an ethical nightmare by Amy Brown Let’s Talk About Leaving Social Media...Maybe? by Rachel Karten The Raiders, Social Media Managers And The Vortex of The Internet's Hate by Ed Zitron Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk about Eugene Rabkin’s essay, “Read This Before You Decide to Work In Fashion” published in Highsnobiety which goes through a laundry list of negative aspects of the fashion industry. They also discuss an artist zine created by Marco Marzocchi called “How To Destroy Everything”, which is connected to a discussion of digital devices as an extension of human memories and the emotional significance we give digital archives. 00:08:05 Fashion industry 00:37:37 Deleting your life Read This Before You Decide to Work In Fashion by Eugene Rabkin Marco Marzocchi: How To Destroy Everything by Brad Feuerhelm Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss our relationship to work and our sense of ownership over our time. They also talk about challenges scientists face when communicating their ideas clearly around how to present complex thoughts. 00:06:05 Time and work 00:30:33 Communications Scientists need to get better at talking to the public. Why doesn’t training seem to help? by Robert Wyss, Margaret Rubega, and Robert Capers Against “Feel Free To Take Some Time If You Need It" by Anne Helen Petersen Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk at length about streetwear brand Chinatown Market deciding to rename themselves. This comes in response to people in the Asian American community expressing their concerns with the use of the name. Eugene and Charis discuss this situation in light of the current context of increased anti-Asian racism in North America as well as discussing whether personal wardrobes should carry sentimental value.  00:04:06 Chinatown Market 00:50:42 Filipino Attire Chinatown Market to Undergo Name Change by Obi Anyanwu  Amid Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, I Found Beauty in Filipino Attire by Isiah Magsino Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss Cathie Wood’s perfect content strategy for the portfolio of ETFs she runs at ARK Invest. They also talk about A.D. Carson, a hip-hop professor, and his thinking behind getting his rap album peer-reviewed and published by an academic press. 00:03:50 Cathie Wood 00:22:52 Peer-reviewed rap album Cathie Wood and Content Strategy by Ranjan Roy Hip-hop professor looks to open doors with world’s first peer-reviewed rap album by A.D. Carson Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk about what the pricing of the Hermès Birkin bag teaches us about setting prices according to the value in stories. They also discuss Alexi McCammond’s hiring and firing from Teen Vogue as the Editor-in-Chief in relation to systemic problems within companies and cancel culture. 00:05:34 Hermès pricing 00:23:18 Teen Vogue What Luxury Brands Can Learn from Hermès About Pricing by Daniel Langer Teenage Mistake: What's missing from the Teen Vogue story, and who's responsible by Elizabeth Spiers Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss the creator economy from two perspectives: the impact on newsrooms and the rise of apps like NewNew. 00:07:17 Creator economy 00:29:28 NewNew Creator economy vs. newsroom leadership: A fight for talent by David Tvrdon For Creators, Everything Is for Sale by Taylor Lorenz Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk about how museum gift shops decide what to sell. They also discuss what it means to share authentically with audiences and the wisdom in disconnecting what we share on the Internet from our physical selves. 00:04:58 Museum gift shops 00:26:27 Sharing authentically The Authenticity Trap: Fear and Loathing in the Virtual World by Amanda Greeley How museum gift shops decide what to sell by Antonella Crescimbeni Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss performative positivity in relation to design and how pessimism can make design better. They also talk about how to build self-worth as someone who does creative work. 00:03:32 Performative positivity 00:32:16 Self-worth Against Performative Positivity by Danah Abdulla Building Self-Worth by Ward Andrews Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk about worldbuilding as a visionary, collaborative practice as described by Ryan Madson in Strelka Mag—Wakanda being an example of worldbuilding. They also discuss NFTs: what they are, what the possibilities could be, what they hype is about. 00:02:54 Worldbuilding 00:20:53 NFTs Worldbuilding Forever: Bold Ideas for Our Collective Futures by Ryan Madson Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss how music is a crucial part of the continued growth of the creator economy. They also talk about MetaHuman Creator, a new browser-based app released by Epic Games that allows anyone to build digital humans quickly via Unreal Engine. 00:03:20 Music creator economy 00:26:00 MetaHuman Creator Music is the creator economy catalyst by Maarten Walraven-Freeling Epic’s new MetaHuman tool lets you craft realistic faces inside a browser by Nick Statt Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk about luxury’s involvement in resell and how that will impact the fashion resell and retail markets. They also discuss Twitter’s flaws and whether a complete overhaul is necessary and good for everyone. 00:02:35 Luxury resell 00:25:31 Overhauling Twitter Luxury's Involvement in Resell Could Be the Beginning of the End by Karl Thomas Smith The Capitalist Case for Overhauling Twitter by Scott Galloway Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis talk about what the Dunning-Kruger Effect is (a supposed bias in our thinking regarding gauging competency), whether it’s real or not, and what our tendency to believe in it means about us. They also discuss why editorial platforms will dominate retail in the long term. 00:01:50 The Dunning-Kruger Effect 00:27:31 Editorial/retail relationship Why Editorial Brands Will Dominate Retail’s ‘Long Tale’ by Doug Stephens The Dunning-Kruger Effect Is Probably Not Real by Jonathan Jarry Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene discuss how food delivery apps are rooted in a human desire for convenience and contributing to destroying restaurants. They also talk about a new book coming out by David Yi titled “Pretty Boys” and the history of masculinity. 00:02:47 Food delivery apps 00:15:03 Masculinity The True Cost of Convenience by Deepti Sharma David Yi on History’s ‘Pretty Boys’ by Alexa Tietjen Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis talk about the problem with perfectionism. They also discuss the pivot fashion magazines have made over the last few years towards being less superficial. 00:02:13 Perfectionism 00:28:59 Magazine pivot The Problem With Being Perfect by Olga Khazan Magazines Pivot Beyond Fashion as Age of Superficiality Ends by Tianwei Zhang Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Charis and Eugene talk about a new marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned subscriptions. They also break down the process of creativity and whether “jootsing” (Jumping Out Of The System) works. 00:03:50 Reselling subscriptions 00:20:00 Jootsing “Jootsing”: The Key to Creativity by Farnam Street Unloved, a marketplace for pre-owned tech subscriptions Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss the recent rebranding the CIA launched to attract more diverse employees. They also talk about the 2021 Public Domain Day and what it means for works to enter the public domain. 00:04:25 CIA rebrand 00:19:42 Public Domain Day CIA rebrands to encourage diversity but identity of logo designer remains top secret by Cajsa Carlson Start of 2020 Ushers Thousands of Once-Copyrighted Works Into the Public Domain by Katherine J. Wu Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
148: 2020 Wrap Up

148: 2020 Wrap Up

2020-12-3143:14

Charis and Eugene answer a couple of questions about this past year. They talk about how they’re feeling, what a “new year” means, and what they’ve learned about work and themselves. 00:07:00 How are you feeling emotionally? 00:13:39 Is it really a “new year”? 00:18:55 What are you excited about? 00:25:41 What did you learn about work in 2020? 00:33:13 What did you learn about yourself in 2020? 00:36:34 What got you excited about creativity this year? Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
Eugene and Charis discuss a new collection of artwork released by the artist Beeple that is in the form of NFT. They also talk about Async Art, a new kind of art movement built on the blockchain. Their second subject of the week is the state of the web in the year 2000 compared to what it is now, based on an article written by Postlight CEO Paul Ford. 00:03:23 NFT art 00:25:17 Evolution of the web The Proof of NFTs — $3.5M Beeple Drop by Loop Web Conversation From the Other Side by Paul Ford Support us at patreon.com/maekan and join our community, which includes weekly newsletters and a vibrant Discord. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/maekanitup/message
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