188 episodes

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.

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Making It Up MAEKAN

    • Arts
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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.

    188: Facebook whistleblower and Squid Game

    188: Facebook whistleblower and Squid Game

    Charis and Eugene talk about the global appeal of Squid Game and the possibility of supposedly niche cultural entertainment going viral. They also discuss the importance of Frances Haugen, the latest Facebook whistleblower, coming forward to testify about the need for social media platform regulations.



    00:06:44 Squid Game

    00:24:20 Facebook whistleblower



    Planet Squid Game by Josef Adalian

    Here are 4 key points from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony on Capitol Hill by Bobby Allyn

    Facebook whistleblower testifies company 'is operating in the shadows, hiding its research from public scrutiny' by Samantha Murphy Kelly and Clare Duffy



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    187: Blockchain video games and TikTok captions

    187: Blockchain video games and TikTok captions

    Eugene and Charis discuss Star Atlas, a space-fantasy RPG built on the Solana blockchain, that indicates the promising possibilities of funding game development through digital asset ownership. They also talk about the prevalence of captions on TikTok and how the use of captions signals considerations of design and inclusion.



    00:04:18 Blockchain video games

    00:28:05 TikTok captions



    Star Atlas: The Most Ambitious Blockchain Game by Ryan Foo

    Why captions are everywhere on TikTok: ‘Glasses for your ears’ by Brian Contreras



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    186: The Comme des Garçons strategy and the continued rise of digital fashion

    186: The Comme des Garçons strategy and the continued rise of digital fashion

    Charis and Eugene talk about the Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market brand-development division called Dover Street Market Paris that is similar to an incubator for emerging brands. They also discuss digital fashion as seen in how Farfetch recently seeded influencers their latest lines of clothing via digital fashion items.



    00:04:40 CdG

    00:26:45 Digital fashion



    ‘Lack of strategy is the strategy’: what Comme des Garçons did next by Alexander Fury published in Financial Times

    Influencers are wearing digital versions of physical clothes now by Maghan McDowell published in Vogue Business



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    • 41 min
    185: Good critiques and overcoming Web3 bias

    185: Good critiques and overcoming Web3 bias

    Eugene and Charis discuss what makes a critique good as well as how to give and receive feedback well. Plus, they talk about overcoming Web3 bias in the context of understanding paradigm shifts.



    00:03:37 Critiques

    00:25:16 Paradigm Shifts



    How to Take Criticism by Chapell Ellison

    Google Slides from Charis’ PolyU class

    Overcoming Web3 Bias | How to navigate strange new paradigms that could change everything—unless they don’t. by Nathan Baschez

    Cryptopilled by Drew Coffman



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    • 42 min
    184: “Existence dissonance” at Nike

    184: “Existence dissonance” at Nike

    Charis and Eugene talk about a single topic inspired by “Nike’s End of Men” by Ethan Strauss. Their conversation covers a shift in Nike’s values (whether internal or what they project to the public), target audience, and marketing strategies.



    00:04:17 Change at Nike



    Nike’s End of Men by Ethan Strauss



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    • 45 min
    183: Climate crisis responsibility and Kanye West’s DONDA

    183: Climate crisis responsibility and Kanye West’s DONDA

    Eugene and Charis talk about the illusory nature of tech solutions for the climate crisis as well as personal responsibility in the face of it. They also discuss the artistic merit of the release of Kanye West’s DONDA.



    00:04:42 Climate crisis

    00:24:15 DONDA



    It’s Time to Replace Ambition with Adaptation by Rosie Spinks

    The Other Crisis by Jon Leighton

    DONDA, Kanye West



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    • 42 min

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