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This week on the internet: The blog generation gets called out

Plus: The meme of the week.

 

Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Jan 28, 2022   Updated on Feb 2, 2022, 2:43 pm CST

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The blog generation

One image pulled from a TikTok left a lot of millennials feeling attacked this week. “Older millennials got such a specific way of writing. they have bios like ‘author. sloopy joe enthusiast. world cup watcher. mother.’ and bday captions like ‘this is 35’ or ‘another year around the sun.’ it’s giving blog,” the text overlay on the TikTok reads. 

Writer and editor Jenée Desmond-Harris shared the image with a few anxious sweating emoji, and more than 1,700 people quote-tweeted it with reactions—some posting their own bios that mirrored the format. 

As a 30-something millennial, I felt the tweet deeply. A few years ago, I became conscious of this exact bio style, and I changed my Twitter one to a very boring, basic bio that simply lists my job. I am positive I had “enthusiast” in my bio at some point, but I don’t remember what it referred to. The tweet also made me realize that I’ve now been on Instagram for a decade; my first post was in 2012. That’s a lot of (likely now cringe-worthy) captions on photos.

As for the last line of text on that TikTok, “it’s giving blog,” that’s a point of pride. Yes, we’re the blog generation, and we own it. Maybe a little too much.

Tiffany Kelly, culture editor


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CANCEL CULTURE

‘Euphoria’ actress faces backlash for old posts

Sophia Rose Wilson’s Euphoria character, Barbara “BB” Brooks, aka Vape Girl, has once again become a fan favorite since season 2 debuted. BB is just a small recurring role but fans are drawn to her vibe and penchant for saying memeable things. But now, fans are calling her out for her alleged old posts.

Last week, a viral TikTok from @zioraaaa circulated, allegedly showing two 2016 Facebook posts from the now-20-year-old Wilson, one in which she uses a racial slur and another, from Nov. 8, that states, “Trump just won Ohio!!” The TikTok has more than 2.6 million views. 

Over on Wilson’s Instagram, a majority of the new comments reference and debate the Facebook posts

Read the full story here.

Audra Schroeder, senior writer


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MUSIC

Spotify agrees to remove Neil Young’s music after he spoke out against Joe Rogan

After signing a $100-million exclusive deal with Spotify in 2020, Joe Rogan is the platform’s most popular podcaster. However, he’s also the most controversial, regularly accused of spreading conspiracy theories and giving voice to far-right talking points.

Throughout the pandemic, Rogan has shared anti-mask and anti-vaccine views on his podcast, recently facing backlash for hosting the prominent anti-vaxxer Dr. Robert Malone. Now, he’s attracting criticism from an unexpected but attention-grabbing source: Singer/songwriter Neil Young, who published (and then deleted) an open letter asking Spotify to remove his music in protest.

Read the full story here

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, staff writer


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*First Published: Jan 28, 2022, 10:39 am CST