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  • YOU.0: Some Assembly Required

    YOU.0: Some Assembly Required

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #198 | December 28, 2023 Yay, it’s almost time for the season’s best non-denominational holiday: New Year’s Eve. And with it, prerequisite New Year’s Resolutions. In the future, our mutant great-grandchildren (powered by Grok) will convey via Neuralink to Gen X AE A-XV (the autonomous driverless tanks with human souls generation) about…

  • Here’s to Holiday Home Videos

    Here’s to Holiday Home Videos

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #197 | December 26, 2023 When I was a little kid, I used to love making YouTube videos. I was around nine years old when YouTube launched in 2005. Armed with a laptop, a camera, and iMovie, I was truly unstoppable. The holidays were a particularly fun time because I was able…

  • A Deal You Can’t Refuse, But Should

    A Deal You Can’t Refuse, But Should

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #196 | December 21, 2023 It’s the longest night of the year here in the northern hemisphere. Happy solstice to all of y’all who, like me, experience seasonal affective disorder and know the exact moment (10:27pm EST on Dec. 21, 2023) when our half of the earth starts tilting back towards the…

  • Kill the Hustle-Bro in Your Head

    Kill the Hustle-Bro in Your Head

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #195 | December 19, 2023 Yesterday, I was scrolling Threads (yes, it’s still around), and I found this quote that I think captures everything wrong with our work culture in the U.S. (shared by journalist Taylor Lorenz). Your classic creator-economy-hustle-culture-bro type writes it: “I’m sure this will piss off certain people, but:…

  • Cornell’s Crash Course for Creators

    Cornell’s Crash Course for Creators

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #194 | December 14, 2023 There’s this perfect line from Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” that I’d love to turn into Passionfruit’s tagline if we can afford the copyrights to the quote. The movie stars Emma Stone as a female Frankenstein named Bella Baxter, whose rapidly evolving intellect has her rejecting her “bride…

  • What’s Missing From All These End-of-Year Trend Reports

    What’s Missing From All These End-of-Year Trend Reports

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #193 | December 12, 2023 It’s December, so of course, my inbox is flooded with a slew of deeply sanitized and eerily optimistic PR emails from social media companies about “end-of-year” trends and predictions. These lists are usually dry, giving an unsurprising select group of creators a pat on the back, but…

  • Twitch Leaves Behind Creators In South Korea

    Twitch Leaves Behind Creators In South Korea

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #192 | December 7, 2023 Twitch has a special place in my heart. I’m a big fan of cozy gamers playing anarcho-fantasy farming sims, of politicians playing “Among Us,” of witnessing insane speedruns, and of all the other light-hearted shenanigans on the platform. The Twitch community ranges from supportive to toxic (Twitch…

  • On Eve of SAG’s Big Win, A Final F You to Voice-over Artists

    On Eve of SAG’s Big Win, A Final F You to Voice-over Artists

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #191 | December 5, 2023 The SAG strike is over, huzzah! And thus concludes our Hot Labor Summer, which lasted unseasonably late into December, probably because of climate change. So we’re wrapping things up here, right? Shut it down, because the new contract passed with a resounding 78%…voted on by a whole…

  • Squid Game Season is Here Again

    Squid Game Season is Here Again

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #190 | November 30, 2023 There’s something so disingenuous about the holidays for creators. Like oh, your Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are a whole 16% off? Thanks, but I was so busy live-streaming on Twitch during Thanksgiving weekend to even clock it; I’d been hoping to earn enough in tips to fly…

  • Stranger Than UnFiction: Why Creators Should Care About ARGs

    Stranger Than UnFiction: Why Creators Should Care About ARGs

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #189 | November 28, 2023 If there’s one thing we love about the Internet, it’s how weird it is, and how deeply passionate fans of subcult followings tend to be. (Although, arguably, this is also why the Internet is the worst place?)  Which is why I’m so obsessed with unfiction: the genre…