In February 2018, America saw its third-worst school shooting in history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. In the wake of the tragedy, the teenage survivors have sought to mobilize the country both online and off, demonstrating Gen Z’s desire to engage with the big issues.
Gucci has donated $500,000 to a gun control campaign in the US – a political statement in an industry normally shy to speaking out. In doing so, Gucci is revealing its true beliefs as a brand, affirming these values to Gen Yers and Zers who expect them to put their money where their mouths are.
From taking #nomakeup selfies to signing petitions on political issues, a growing sense of social responsibility and commitment to local community have changed the way people view social action. Is caring about causes the new badge of cool? And has it become ‘chic’ to protest?
Once known for beauty tips and celebrity interviews, Teen Vogue relaunched in 2015 with a trio of young editors at the helm and a renewed focus on socially-conscious content. How did the ‘cool girl’s guide to fashion’ become an all-round mentor for America’s switched-on Gen Zers?
If Faisal Islam, Ralph Keyes and the New York Times are to be believed, the Trump candidacy and the vote for Brexit show we've entered a post-truth era – a world where emotion and populism win out over facts and experts. But is it true? And do emotional appeals really trump facts and figures?