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Making It Up

By MAEKAN

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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208: Who’s responsible when the majority of students fail a class?

Making It UpNov 21, 2022

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208: Who’s responsible when the majority of students fail a class?
Nov 21, 202219:26
207: How does urban planning impact the “energy” of a city?
Nov 08, 202220:41
206: What does an 857 hour movie about capitalism signify?
Oct 31, 202214:40
205: Blackbird Spyplane breaks down the foundation of fashion trends
Oct 24, 202220:51
204: Twitter, Depop, and religion
Oct 17, 202213:45
203: Instagram reels and artists
Oct 10, 202217:23
Post-hiatus episode

Post-hiatus episode

In our first recording after a long-ass hiatus, Eugene and Charis update us on what they’ve been up to, what they’ve missed, and what’s to come with Making It Up! 

Oct 10, 202214:49
202: Collectability, cooperation, and capitalism
Jul 02, 202201:05:59
201: Over-Optimizing Creative Work & GeoGuessr
Jun 23, 202201:20:00
200: First Twitch livestream
Jun 09, 202201:03:41
199: Pierogis and buy nothing
Mar 02, 202241:47
198: Brunello Cucinelli slow growth and the Theranos trial
Feb 02, 202237:52
197: Attention and tribalism
Jan 19, 202246:23
196: 2021 Wrap Up
Jan 07, 202240:15
195: The Story Club with George Saunders and the possibly corporate web3
Dec 30, 202136:28
194: The Krause House and movie dialogue audibility
Dec 16, 202146:36
193: Peloton and soft power
Dec 01, 202144:06
192: Better sleep and supply chain issues
Nov 22, 202140:15
191: Metaverse and audio-focused dating apps
Nov 15, 202142:13
190: Future of creator economy and pricing art
Nov 02, 202137:27
189: Four dirty c-words and memes as shared language
Oct 22, 202149:51
188: Facebook whistleblower and Squid Game
Oct 14, 202137:55
187: Blockchain video games and TikTok captions
Oct 06, 202139:47
186: The Comme des Garçons strategy and the continued rise of digital fashion
Oct 02, 202141:18
185: Good critiques and overcoming Web3 bias
Sep 22, 202142:58
184: “Existence dissonance” at Nike
Sep 13, 202145:00
183: Climate crisis responsibility and Kanye West’s DONDA
Sep 09, 202142:51
182: Rational thinking and the tech/fashion relationship
Aug 30, 202146:33
181: Creative writing with language AI and sexism in women’s athletic uniforms
Aug 24, 202146:04
180: The rise of curators and “genuinfluencers”
Aug 17, 202149:50
179: Female athletes choose new sponsors and France launches the Culture Pass
Aug 09, 202138:08
178: Memories of the pandemic and “wang hong” (internet famous)
Aug 02, 202156:05
177: The MAEKAN Shop launches
Jul 28, 202128:28
176: 'It's O.K. not to be O.K.’ and the inner ring of the internet
Jul 19, 202155:25
175: NCAA athletes can start making money and Lachlan Morton’s alternative Tour de France
Jul 13, 202137:09
174: Video game writing and apparel sizing issues
Jul 05, 202141:00
173: Flaws with venture capital and curation as brand strategy
Jun 30, 202145:18
172: Cohort-based courses and the Barbell Strategy
Jun 21, 202150:20
171: The internet is flat and the cooperation economy
Jun 15, 202145:56
170: Sports journalism and selling out
Jun 07, 202151:50
169: Outlier designer Willie Norris and ongoing pandemic trauma
Jun 01, 202143:15
168: What “disgusting” means and out-of-control online fan groups
May 24, 202149:40
167: Museum NFTs and keeping the line alive
May 18, 202142:33
166: The “capitalism is broken” economy and organizational load management
May 10, 202150:13
165: Social media managing and the commune lifestyle
May 03, 202142:22
164: Everything bad about the fashion industry and deleting your life
Apr 26, 202156:04
163: Ownership of our time and communicating complex ideas
Apr 20, 202146:18
162: Chinatown Market Name Change
Apr 12, 202101:04:34
161: Cathie Wood’s content strategy and the first peer-reviewed rap album
Apr 07, 202140:43
160: Story-driven pricing and the Teen Vogue “cancel culture” news
Mar 29, 202148:59
159: The creator economy impact on newsrooms and free will
Mar 22, 202148:18
158: Museum gift shops and sharing authentically
Mar 18, 202150:39
157: Performative positivity and building self-worth
Mar 14, 202149:46
156: Worldbuilding and NFTs
Mar 11, 202151:02
155: Music as creator economy catalyst and the Unreal Engine MetaHuman Creator
Mar 04, 202147:02
154: Luxury resell and overhauling Twitter
Feb 24, 202145:32
153: The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the editorial/retail relationship
Feb 15, 202147:36
152: Food delivery apps and redefining masculinity
Feb 08, 202132:28
151: Perfectionism and fashion magazines pivoting
Feb 01, 202148:48
150: Subscriptions marketplace and “jootsing” as the key to creativity
Jan 27, 202144:38
149: CIA rebranding and Public Domain Day
Jan 18, 202135:27
148: 2020 Wrap Up
Dec 31, 202043:14
147: NFT art and the evolution of the web
Dec 29, 202042:18
146: AOC streams Among Us on Twitch and resilience in small businesses
Dec 11, 202053:07
145: Data is fire and Instagram shopping
Dec 09, 202001:01:41
144: Two Hollywood dudes buy a football club for content and the value of friendships in life
Nov 23, 202052:22
143: Airbnb makes a toolkit for freelance illustrators called Tyrus and Stephen Satterfield on building empathy through origins
Nov 16, 202037:09
142: Colors easing quarantine anxiety and stealing great ideas
Nov 06, 202036:33
141: Microplastics awareness and the viral TikTok beatmaker Ricky Desktop
Nov 01, 202042:29
140: Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 community sneaker and the pandemic content void
Oct 23, 202040:15
139: Pandemic art and bookclubs
Oct 16, 202031:02
138: Fashion consumption under capitalism and a tech-free life
Oct 02, 202044:60
137: Hong Kong food culture and chess popularity
Sep 23, 202045:44
136: New York's "death" and the luck factor
Sep 16, 202052:45
135: Fashion graduates and creative peers
Sep 07, 202048:40
134: Remote onboarding and the Telfar bag
Aug 31, 202043:45
133: What MasterClass actually sells and how Shopify arms the rebels
Aug 25, 202050:13
132: Other people’s problems and tips for community funding with Behzod Sirjani
Aug 17, 202001:17:18
131: Racial bias in photography tech and good media happenings
Aug 10, 202050:16
130: AI graphic design and research on the future of luxury
Aug 03, 202049:50
129: Paid communities and the Simone Biles Vogue photoshoot
Jul 24, 202053:54
128: Parenting as gardening and Silicon Valley on tech media
Jul 19, 202045:42
127: Email services and going back to the office
Jul 03, 202048:10
126: Brain Dead raises 1mil for charity and the “Virgilization” of Virgil Abloh
Jun 19, 202045:48
125: Indie music venues and the passion economy
Jun 14, 202053:08
124: Quibi and tech post-pandemic
May 23, 202054:33
123: Animal Crossing and The Last Dance
May 05, 202050:34
122: Artists interpreting science and indie mags navigate the pandemic
Apr 24, 202052:59
121: Signaling as a service and the new MAEKAN membership strategy
Apr 16, 202048:05
120: Minecraft campuses and stop being productive
Apr 08, 202043:12
119: Financial independence and the UN Open Brief
Apr 02, 202043:01
118: Culture in the time of quarantine and luxury brand restaurants
Mar 25, 202043:40
117: The nuclear family and jjapaguri (aka “ram-don”)
Mar 18, 202049:06
116: Participatory design and the launch of The Markup
Mar 10, 202048:17
115: Spotify acquires The Ringer and black music in white spaces
Feb 12, 202048:14
114: “American Dirt” and giving good waiting staff respect
Feb 06, 202001:00:31
113: Record number of new podcasts in 2019 and the future of fashion PR
Jan 29, 202032:39
112: Forming new habits and the decade in fashion
Jan 16, 202047:02
111: Shawn Stussy x Dior and Charis’ new podcast “To Bring Back”
Dec 25, 201901:00:24
110: Access instead of ownership and reseller luxury
Nov 28, 201952:54
109: Feeling no pleasure in music and the anatomy of a TikTok hit
Nov 22, 201948:60
108: Streaming services and tokenism
Nov 12, 201945:58
107: New tech is a hard sell and rich people are really lucky

107: New tech is a hard sell and rich people are really lucky

Eugene and Charis discuss why new technology is difficult to convince people to adopt. They also talk about the habits of the ultra wealthy as well as a new study that shows a key factor in becoming very rich is luck.


00:01:20 Ultra wealthy

00:27:22 New tech

00:44:45 Banter


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610395/if-youre-so-smart-why-arent-you-rich-turns-out-its-just-chance/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/style/rich-people-things.html

https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/tech/

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/10/17/18647521/capitalism-age-of-addiction-phone-david-courtwright


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Nov 02, 201948:49
106: TikTok content moderation issues and Adobe blocks Venezuelan users
Oct 22, 201946:21
105: Forever 21 bankruptcy and esports apparel monetization
Oct 10, 201950:20
104: The MacArthur Grant and luxury’s position on climate crisis activism
Oct 04, 201952:21
103: Influencer grammar and YouTube verification
Sep 25, 201958:57
102: Posthumous collections and unionizing

102: Posthumous collections and unionizing

Charis and Eugene discuss Frances Bean Cobain launching the “Kurt Was Here” clothing collection and what the purpose is of releasing posthumous products. They also talk about the union drive occurring at Kickstarter and how unions can function within companies. 


00:03:04 Posthumous work

00:19:00 Unions


Links

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/kurt-cobain-clothing-collection-881429/

https://slate.com/technology/2019/09/kickstarter-turmoil-union-drive-historic-tech-industry.html


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Sep 18, 201945:14
101: Special edition ft. personal questions
Sep 10, 201946:31
100: Products for older people and disability access

100: Products for older people and disability access

Charis and Eugene talk about why products for older people are poorly designed and how to include older people in the design process. They also discuss Johanna Hedva’s disability access rider and why constructing society around what we often see to be niche groups is actually the best course of action.


00:03:10 Older people

00:28:11 Disability access


Links

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614167/why-are-products-for-older-people-so-ugly

https://sickwomantheory.tumblr.com/post/187188672521/hedvas-disability-access-rider


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Sep 05, 201946:41
099: The future of Diet Prada and the purpose of gender-neutral pronouns

099: The future of Diet Prada and the purpose of gender-neutral pronouns

Eugene and Charis discuss the future of Diet Prada, the media company run by Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler that aims to hold the fashion industry accountable. They also talk about the use of gender-neutral pronouns and the possible effects shifting language can have on shifting culture.


00:01:30 Diet Prada

00:28:51 Pronouns


Links

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/professional/the-future-of-diet-prada

https://www.wired.com/story/actually-gender-neutral-pronouns-can-change-a-culture/


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Aug 27, 201943:50
098: The memes and brands relationship and virtual influencers
Aug 20, 201947:01
097: The history and effect of the hipster
Aug 01, 201940:39
096: Peak podcast and the Bob Ross paintings mystery
Jul 23, 201951:45
095: Instagram combats bullying and the millennial art market
Jul 17, 201948:43
094: What photographers owe subjects and smartphones are either killing or saving the planet
Jul 09, 201947:40
093: Gaming subscriptions and changing women’s football
Jul 02, 201957:42
092: Creative capital and teens on climate crisis
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