Another academic year has passed. How do we feel following the summer break?
Are you ready to jump back into the stream of utmost productivity? This issue, looking back at sunnny holiday weeks, focuses on topics revolving around "Inefficiency”.
We begin with an article written by Maja. In her piece she explores architecture as the driving force of desire that typifies gender stereotypes in our society (page 4). Then, we introduce you to one of our penpals, Joey, who continues to write on the topic of queerness. Referring to the expression of queerness in Parisian boutiques, he wonders if shopping could become a suspenseful and sensual experience again (page 8).
From Maison du Plaisier, Playboy Mansion and Casa Mojo Dojo House we proceed with a trip to Disneyland, or actually Florida, where Walt Disney Productions have attempted to create the American Dream in hyper-real suburbia, using racial diversity, postmodernism and privatisation (page 12). After a short interruption where our filmfestival 'Good, Bad and In-Between' is announced yet again (page 16), we keep on questioning the reality of experiences in Sem’s article. Elaborating on the spectacular encounters that compile our society, he takes us drifting through the city in search for authenticity (page 18).
The influence of the internet on our lives plays a big role in the next part of this issue. Nathan paints an image of how we consistently moved away from reading Hemingway, towards scrolling on TikTok all day long. What is the reason for the big success of this platform and what role does urban planning play in it (page 22)? Nathan is followed upwith another penpal, Jessica, reflecting on the fact that the internet has become a drug for the mere and a skin for society. Read the article to find out what that Jessica specifically means, and see how she argues that the art of disconnecting may have a positive effect on us (page 26).
Finally, we end with a new section in Bnieuws! Where we have gotten used to the regular book recommendations at the end of every issue, we would now like to finish with a film review. The movie for this edition is Oppenheimer, which left our team with various opinions (page 30).