Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Ringer – "Consider the Cactus: How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World"
"Houseplants, and succulents in particular, have become a kind of millennial comfort blanket, a low-stakes adult accessory that falls somewhere on the scale of responsibility between Neopet and actual pet. They’re indifferent ambassadors from the wild, a green spot on digitally overloaded lives. The e-commerce gods deliver them in two days’ time. They arrive fat and rubbery and game for whatever stylish container is on hand. They are Instagrammable proof that we’re not alone, and maybe that we’re also living a life worth Instagramming. They are biological mirrors for our generation’s own weathered mind-sets: muted, weird, independent survivalists whether they’re in a desert or on a desk."