Sunnier Side Of The Home Office – August 12, 2020

“Her record of accomplishment — fighting tooth and nail for what’s right — is why I’m choosing her. There is no door Kamala won’t knock on, no stone she’ll leave unturned, if it means making life better — for the people.”

- Joe Biden on why he selected Kamala Harris as his vice president. The California senator and Vice President Mike Pence will take the debate stage on October 7th. 

Economic Inequality and Private Experiences
By: Ben Thomas

After five months of shelter in place restrictions – and one very unfortunate clipper incident – I asked myself how much I’d be willing to pay for a haircut from a real hairdresser. I landed on a price that was considerably more than I would’ve ever paid pre-pandemic, when haircuts were accessible and more of a chore than a luxury.

It’s that thought process, the rationalizing of paying a price premium for activities that we miss most in a COVID world, that’s led to a huge increase in demand for “Experience Enablers”. Experience Enablers offer exclusive, private experiences and services that allow people to do activities they can’t do publicly. From in-home spa treatments to renting entire cinemas, these private experiences are a luxury that cater to wealthy target audience.

And while there’s been a surge in popularity, services like Experience Enablers only widen the socio-economic inequality between the richest people, and those who are struggling to get by during a period of financial crisis and record unemployment.

The Pandemic Effect: Gaming On the Rise
By: Sergio Saucedo

Whether you prefer to spend your time in the gulag, exchanging turnips, or tuning in to one of the many virtual events--one thing is for certain gaming has become a preferred pastime during the quarantine. 

In fact, the pandemic has drastically sped up the adoption of gaming in America. In 2020, the amount of people in the U.S. who play video games has risen by 32% since 2018 for a total of 244 million. This growth has been felt across the industry rather than centered around one particular gaming system. This growth is a result of many factors, one being that since quarantine people have been consistently searching for new forms of entertainment. However, the convenience that the medium provides has also played a major role. Not only does it enable countless hours of solo adventure, but the medium also provides a unique place to connect with friends and family in a socially safe manner. 

All of this put together has led to a huge adoption towards gaming since the start of the pandemic. Resulting in a variety of shortages since March for popular gaming consoles. Let us not forget the Nintendo Switch shortage of 2020.

What’s Old is New! 
By: Emily Menken

In addition to sparking record deals and virality for up-and-coming Gen Z artists, the Internet has proven once again that it has the power to drive popularity -- even retroactively.

Tapping into the formulaic “reacts” style video (for example, infants trying wasabi for the first time), two 22-year-olds filmed themselves listening and reacting to ancient history: Phil Collins’ song “In the Air Tonight”. Per one twin, “I’ve never seen nobody drop the beat three minutes in the song!” 

Because the twins’ reaction was so hilarious and adorable, their video reacting to the music has gone viral. And as a result, the Phil Collins song has gone viral again, too.  Per Rolling Stone, “On Friday and Saturday, ‘In the Air Tonight’ saw an increase in sales of over 1,100 percent compared to the previous two days. The song saw over 4,600 digital sales in those two days.”

Speaking of vice presidents, there was no official line of succession to the presidency until the 25th Amendment was passed in 1967. Prior to the amendment’s ratification, it was merely assumed that the vice president would assume the presidency if the president died or was removed from office.