Sext and the City
Because it’s apparently very important to find the scientific reason why today’s whippersnappers just won’t stop sexting each other, Belgian researchers have determined there’s a link between watching music videos and sending sexy messages.
The study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, set out to determine whether there was a link, amongst adolescents, between sexting and the consumption of sexualized media—specifically music videos and porn.
Artwork inspired by digital communication often feels intrinsically cold and inhuman, but it’s not often that a digital art installation manages to impart both void-like isolation, and a creeping sense of being watched. Recording artist Holly Herndon’s latest collaboration with artists Adam Harvey and Simone Niquille, on display digitally with the New Museum, does just that.
Ms. Herndon’s work is available online this month as part of New Museum’s “First Look: New Art Online,” a series of digital art pieces curated by Lauren Cornell. The piece is inspired partly by NSA surveillance, and partly by people’s online surveillance of each other.
Today in news that literally makes no sense, it appears that John Mayer’s latest music video stars the Prancercise lady—as in, the lady who developed an exercise regime based off the movement of horses, and who might actually believe she is a horse. We’ll give you a second to sit with that.
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Instagram has its own Fat Joe joint, and now Snapchat has its very own eponymous theme song. It’s from a group called Jump Smokers, featuring DaOutsidaz and Jamie Drastik, and you will never, ever be able to get the chorus–“Snapchat, baby girl, gimme Snapchat”–out of your head again.
All in all it’s… actually not that bad? Is that possible?
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Local NYC band Anamanaguchi has released a new single, called “Meow,” off of their upcoming album Endless Fantasy. The video is replete with anime, a Japanese crawl and some technicolor laser tag, but at the end Betabeat spotted a familiar face.
An ancient sound from the annals of your past streams abruptly from your computer speakers: it’s the sound of dial-up! And it’s coming from this terrible video about how much these crazy people love Facebook.