More than a few of you are probably brandishing some shiny, new toys that you got over the holidays. Personally, technology doesn’t give me the same rush as, say, a scented candle. (So tita, I know.) But, I mean, I get it. Who doesn’t smile like an idiot whenever their photo gets a ton of likes? Chi Gibbs and Aira Medina, the talented duo behind clothing line Neon Island and this month’s cover girls, game social media like it’s their job, which it kind of is. I mean, I found out about Neon Island while browsing through Instagram a few months ago, and now they’re on the cover of Scout. You have to admit, that’s pretty wild.
But what social media giveth, social media taketh away, as illustrated in Rob Cham and Shinji Manlangit’s funny/depressing comic this month. I’m sure all the #InstaFamous bloggers who suffered during The Great Instagram Purge of 2014 will find it too real. If you want a sure shot at success (without the help of spam bots), you’re better off reading our interview with White Widget’s chief technical officer Andrea Levinge, who is a unicorn in the tech and gaming industry. To paraphrase Gilfoyle from Silicon Valley (can’t wait for season two!), after reading about her, you will also be gay for her code.
Not that I can read code. I didn’t even realize that coding is basically an essential life skill now, like knowing Photoshop. It’s crazy. I find it so tough to keep up sometimes. Like, why does there have to be a new model of my smartphone every year, when the one I have right now is working just fine? Why do people camp outside Apple stores? Why do you need a new PS4 in white, when you just bought in black?!
This preoccupation with everything new, new, new gives me anxiety. I look at the world from my laptop screen and I can see we’re entering an age ruled by algorithms, bitcoins, and Google Glass. I can’t even begin to fathom what all of that is supposed to mean because number one, it’s all happening so quickly, and number two, math. (Cannot compute.)
Over here at Scout, things are changing, too. I still remember the tight coil of nervousness I felt when I wrote my first Editor’s Note for this magazine, and I feel it again now that it’s my last. Scout was my chance to make the magazine I always wanted growing up, and now that I have, it’s time for me to pass it down to the team of amazing young talents who’ve been killing it since they came onboard: Mara, Martin, Jelena, Pepi—you are the best team a fledgling editor in chief could ever ask for. Keep making me proud.
Before I hit “refresh” on my time here in Scout, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, awesome readers for supporting this scrappy rag from Day One. A lot of people didn’t understand what we were trying to do here, which why I was so relieved that you guys got it. I’d also like to introduce the magazine’s new editor in chief: Jed Gregorio. You are the first person I thought of when I made this decision, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where you’ll be taking Scout next.
As for me? Ironically, as apprehensive as I am about technology, I won’t be able to escape it at my next job. Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em…
For the next few months, Scout is going to be hanging around campuses with cupcakes and coffee in tow, like that overly eager new kid who just wants to be liked. (Weren’t we all that kid?) Promise you’ll stop by and say hi?