Too cool to stay connected? / FadderUri
The Baffler,  January 15, 2016

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The Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff writes on the cachet of going offline that “there is no status symbol so powerful now as not having a status—or not, at least, in the ‘look at me’ Facebook sense—at all.” After all, “going off grid is all about suggesting you’re so hotly in demand that you need to stand back from the craziness.”

• Today in tech: after pressure from shareholder PETA, Tesla has introduced an all-vegan car with fake leather interiors (not to be confused with their standard cloth-interior cars, also vegan, but less “premium”), and Instagram wants to help you discover who your “real friends” are.

• Various media outlets are reporting that Sean Penn is in a snit after his walk-on role in the nation’s disastrous War on Drugs was overshadowed by the recapture of his Rolling Stone interview subject, the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.”

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