So a manufactured, prepackaged pop "product" called Taylor Swift is therefore automatically worse than one who isn't privileged, regardless of quality (or lack thereof?) Privilege complaining about privilege, in public? How declasse.
45 Ways Informal Use of Language In Today's News Headlines Imitate Tacky Web Banner Ads
Akin sure has a lot of skeletons-dressed-up-like-mommy in his closet when it comes to his issues with women.
One element of the grunge design look is making something of a resurgence, as distressed/destroyed/foregrounded textures as detailing in vintage font/lettering styles. There's a growing concern with trying to make computer designs not look like they were designed on a computer, and certainly not designed within the past 20 years. However if none of it was actually designed on a computer, it wouldn't be considered grunge, it would be punk.
The only things this is lacking is a graphic of a handlebar mustache, a faux wood finish, and the terms "artisan" and "21st century digital printing press".
So Merzbow's Pulse Demon and Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music are not the white noise recordings you are looking for.
@BadUncle I must insist you stop reading my mind.
Iyer makes clear in his essay that he completely fails to understand that distraction is avoidance, not being in the moment. Yet he claims to go to retreats all the time, but never fully engages in the lessons of them, and lives in rural Japan so he can, what, walk more? At least he's not being serial-raped by the Internet all the time like poor Katie Roipe.
My interpretation of the Mystery Man is the externalized shadow of Fred's subconscious mind (see: Jung) that others may or may not see there. The shadow represents repressed anxiety, fear, and anger, all elements consuming Fred/Pete. There are other psychological symbols involved, sometimes seen as external but often representing the internal. Interesting that you use the Mystery Man and Fred/Pete as a jumping off point for analysis of evolving social/anti-social personal self-contained technological systems.
No Baby Huey? Seriously?