The Baffler,  March 20, 2015

Daily Bafflements

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• Referring to a new kind of technology that lets people broadcast live iPhone video to their Twitter followers, Dylan Byers at Politico declares 2016 “The Meerkat election,” writing that the app “debuted at South By Southwest last week and has now firmly caught on with politicians and political reporters. It’s not just the kids. Jeb Bush is meerkating. Dan Balz is meerkating. This is happening.”

• In similar news, #disgraced #millennial congressman Aaron Schock, who retired at the old age of 33 after coming under criticism for his opulent Downton Abbey-themed office decor and suspicious reimbursement requests, needn’t worry that he’ll be bored now that he’s off the Hill. “Reality TV would love to have him,” reports New York magazine. ‘It would be a huge coup. They’d consider him in a heartbeat,’ one well-placed TV-industry source says. ‘Any sort of political connection makes for an interesting angle. And he’s incredibly good-looking and charismatic. Politics and entertainment are not that dissimilar.'” (Via Marin Cogan.)

• At South by Southwest, you can use Uber to summon a pedicab. (Via Ben Barone-Nugent.)

• “My family’s household income is $250,000 a year, but I promise you I am middle class,” writes a college kid who grew up in Silicon Valley. Lol. NPR‘s chart shows what incomes actually make up the middle class, in thirty cities in the U.S., from Detroit ($30K median income) to San Jose ($103K).

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