No more Instagram face and the zen of repair.

We're in the Age of AI, but cyborg aesthetics are...over? Plus, the craft of repair and the irresistible draw of working with your hands.

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Welcome to the April 16 edition of The Digest.

Instagram facilitated the rise of the singular aesthetic...and it's starting to come apart.

If you've never read Jia Tolentina's The Age of Instagram Face...you should. Especially if your interests (or work) include cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery. Tablet Magazine's Grazie Sophia Christie has a searing following and an indication that we *might* be at the end of "cyborg aesthetics." She writes: They’re wrong, because in their focus on uniformity, they’ve forgotten the premise of cosmetic work in the first place. Distinction. Good face, like good taste, has a direction: downward. The success of Instagram Face, its ubiquity, isn’t the start of cyborg aesthetics. It’s the end of it.  Link.

Results are in, patients like speed over clarity.

We've been in several conversations where doctors lament the release of test results prior to being able to talk to patients and explain the results as the patient is digesting the information. Well, here's a new study saying that patients actually prefer to have test results immediately and explanations by physicians later. There is probably some equilibrium that has not yet been found between access immediacy and understanding the results within the context of care and treatment. Link.

Is there pleasure in repair?

Here's a small truth, craft is a thing of beauty and to repair something is to perform a craft. Similar to tinkering. It's an art of its own.

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