"As more and more of our daily interactions become text-based—people preferring texting to phone calls, workplaces that rely heavily email and instant messaging—we’re developing ways to stretch our written language so it can communicate more nuance, so we can tell people what we mean without accidentally leading them on or pissing them off. Periods have become more forceful, commas less essential, and over the last few years, the hashtag has morphed into something resembling the fabled sarcasm font—the official keystroke of irony."
— Lindsay Zoladz breaks down "The #Art of the Hashtag"—and which musicians are taking advantage of its culture-jamming potential—in her latest Ordinary Machines column.
"When I was at NYU I had an etymology class, and there was a geography test. You had to pair the language with country, and I was one of five out of 100 people who passed the test, which just proved to me how little Americans are taught geography. But the class protested to the professor so much that he dropped that grade. I was like, ‘Wow, you should come to realize that you don’t know where anything is.’"
— Globally-minded electronic artist Fatima Al Qadiri talks to Carrie Battan about her debut album, why Lady and the Tramp is racist, and American myopia in our latest Update interview.