His victory was controversial—and now, as a result, officials have decided to tweak the submission requirements. At this year’s fair, which took place in Pueblo between August 26 and September 4, artists needed to “disclose if art or artwork was created using an Artificial Intelligence Generator,” per the 2023 eligibility requirements.

Allen wasn’t happy about the new requirement, telling the Denver Post that it was essentially a “discriminatory mark” against A.I. artworks. Despite the change, he decided to submit once again to the digital arts category. This time around, his work didn’t make the top three spots. (One of his pieces, titled Grand Finale, did win a sponsored award from the Pueblo Arts Alliance, per the Pueblo Chieftain’s James Bartolo.)

The analysis by The Post and The Examination also found that dietitians have been paid to tout the benefits of dietary supplements that lack scientific consensus, including products like collagen supplements promoted for skin, nail and joint health; detox teas that claim to help the body expel toxins; and capsules marketed for “mitochondrial health.”

Cinthia Scott, an Augusta, Ga.-area dietitian who has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, encourages parents to give what she calls “brain boosting” omega-3 fatty acid supplements to children as young as 6 months old. In the text adjacent to her post, Scott wrote, “Paid partnership with carlsonlabs.” Carlson Labs is an Illinois-based supplement company.

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that such supplements are not approved by the FDA. “Their contents may not match what is listed on the label,” the academy says. “Adverse events are not always reported either.”

“Say what you will about the 70,000 people stuck at Burning Man but they’re in the arena and you’re on the sidelines,” Twitter user tolstoybb wrote. It’s a funny bit, but it’s also the perfect physical representation of the “arena” that Silicon Valley is so obsessed with. Esther Crawford, the former Twitter executive who slept under her desk after Musk took over and still ended up getting fired, is in the arenaOliver Anthony probably wasn’t even though a bunch of places said he was… including me in a previous version of this post. As is with Neal Katyal, the self-described “extremist centrist” lawyer who has defended companies that use child slaves. And all of them are sitting in a flooded playa full of human waste waiting out the undeniable effects of climate change. Diplo was also there, but he escaped with Chris Rock. If you want to see what the next 25 years are going to be like, Burning Man is it. Millionaires and managers ignoring huge structural problems until it starts to impact their libertarian freak fests and then escaping to somewhere safe when they get the chance. Well, until there aren’t any safe places to escape to, I guess…

Much of the history of the city’s community gardens has been archived by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, a storefront institution located on Avenue C in the East Village.

Standing inside the museum, activist Bill di Paola pointed at a black and white photo on the wall depicting two children walking through an obliterated urban landscape. The photo, titled “Lot That Became El Jardin Del Paraiso,” was shot in the East Village in 1976 by Marlis Momber.

“And you can just see this desolate piece of land looks like a war zone,” said di Paola, the cofounder of the museum as well as the local environmental group Times Up!, which organized the Critical Mass bike rides in years past. “And now this is a beautiful community garden.”

  • Activist and author Naomi Klein recently published a book about far-right conspiracy theories via her “doppelganger” for whom she’s frequently mistaken, despite their polar-opposite politics: Naomi Wolf. Klein writes in a new piece for the Guardian:

Most confusingly, my doppelganger and I once had distinct writerly lanes (hers being women’s bodies, sexuality, and leadership; mine being corporate assaults on democracy and the climate crisis). But over a decade ago, she started talking and writing about power grabs under cover of states of emergency – and the once-sharp yellow line that divided those lanes began to go wobbly.

By early 2021, when she was casting nearly every public health measure marshalled to control the Covid pandemic as a covert plan by the Chinese Communist party, the World Economic Forum and Anthony Fauci to usher in a sinister new world order, I began to feel as if I was reading a parody of The Shock Doctrine, one with all facts and evidence carefully removed, and coming to cartoonishly broad conclusions I would never support. And all the while, my doppelganger troubles deepened, in part because I was relatively quiet in this period, isolated in my Canadian home and unable to perform so many of the activities that once reinforced my own public identity.

Also, oh, Seattle (thought this could easily be Brooklyn or many other places):

  • As girlypops and hot girls abound, Marie Solis digs deeper into the pervasiveness of the term “girl” as a state of mind online and beyond for the New York Times:

The word “girl” is in diametrical opposition not to “boy” but to “woman,” allowing women to enjoy simple feminine pleasures without the complications that some associate with womanhood. While women have adult responsibilities and are the subject of feminist discourse around contentious topics like gender pay gaps and unpaid domestic work, girls — at least as adult women conceive of them — are free to be lighthearted and fun-loving.

These girls are also perhaps a reaction to the so-called girl bosses who preceded them, high-functioning young women whose popular mandate was to hustle in the workplace in order to be taken as seriously as their male counterparts. While some sincerely embraced the label, others said it diminished ambitious women. And many more argued that would-be girl bosses seemed to use their power to uphold the same old patriarchal norms in the workplace. As that critique became more dominant, the girl boss’s stock began to fall.

Easier, then, to take “girl” and leave “boss” behind.

  • Wolastoqey writer Ann Paul speaks with Ashley Sanipass, the first woman to become master of ceremonies of the Pabineau First Nation, for CBC News:

Sanipass, from Indian Island in New Brunswick, made a social media post about the lack of women in MC roles at powwows. The post caught the eyes of powwow committees, and the invitations started arriving: Would Sanipass do it herself?

Scroll through the photos and watch the video to see how Sanipass celebrated the community whose powwow she MCed, and how the community celebrated her in turn. 

But then criminal summons during the term of Mayor Adams:

  • Chunky, an iconic groundhog who’s been brazenly stealing and eating veggies in front of security cameras, now finally receives a vegetable garden of his own:

Chunk the groundhog is a notorious vegetable thief, and he eats them right in front of a security camera. But instead of shooing Chunk and his girlfriend, Nibbles, away, organic gardener Jeff Permar found a way to coexist by planting a second garden just for Chunk. See more from Chunk: @Chunk The Groundhog 📸 chunkthegroundhog #groundhog #gardening #gardeningtiktok #goodnews #positivecontent #happystories

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  • For the introverts among us, 17th-century swaddled baby paintings are forever a mood:

Required Reading is published every Thursday afternoon, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth a second look.

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

Lakshmi Rivera Amin (she/her) is a writer and artist based in New York City. She currently works as Hyperallergic's editorial coordinator.

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