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In the lead-up to V-Day, here’s what had us hitting ‘love’ this week, from retro audio porn and Nathan Barley re-runs to the ultimate <3 story: Yeezy and, er, himself

KANYE SPEAKS FOR US

“Love him or hate him, Kanye says what we’re all thinking. This time it was at the increasingly out-of-touch Grammy Awards. Everyone acts horrified. Headlines are churned out. But if you distill what he’s saying, albeit at the wrong place and at an ill-advised time, there is an element of truth to his words. He butts heads with big-league players because he fights for audiences to respect the artists he respects. Kanye arguably goes about it in the wrong way (“Duh,” I hear you say). But if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, DID THE TREE FALL? There is one comparison made in this piece that puts ’Ye’s antics in perspective: ‘When Selma is overlooked at the Academy Awards, the public is supposed to be outraged. But not the director. Ava DuVernay isn’t supposed to be publicly up in arms, decrying the Academy, because that’s not respectable. We’re supposed to be improper for her.’” – Trey Taylor, Film Editor (@TreyTylor)

WHAT I IMAGINE MY BOYFRIEND’S EX-GIRLFRIENDS ARE DOING RIGHT NOW

“Comedy writer Hallie Cantor bounds waaay past paranoid as she imagines her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriends in conversation. This is a short-but-sweet snippet showing the way relationships (and your totally sick brain) can turn you into a mentally maladjusted maniac. Don’t you dare pretend you’ve never been there.” – Dominique Sisley, Editorial Assistant (@DominiqueSisley)

TOTALLY MEXICO! HOW THE NATHAN BARLEY NIGHTMARE CAME TRUE

“I started working at Dazed a few years before Nathan Barley aired. When we heard that Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker were writing a TV satire based on a style mag in Shoreditch, there was a slight fear that they had sent intern spies with angular haircuts into our Old Street HQ to observe us. Granted, there used to be someone who rode around the office on a mini scooter, but apart from that the actual amount of Barley behaviour was pretty minimal. Still, I wondered how they would portray the environment we, i-D and Sleazenation operated in. When Channel 4 finally broadcast the series in 2005, I thought it was one of the funniest things I had ever seen. It’s actually amazing how prescient the show was in many ways – as the Guardian writer Andrew Harrison points out in his feature, we’re all ‘self-facilitating media nodes’ now. So, to celebrate Nathan Barley’s tenth anniversary, I’m going to rewatch the entire series this weekend on my iPhone and live tweet the whole thing... after I’ve done a few laps of Hoxton Square on my customised trike. Keep it dense, yeah?” – Tim Noakes, Editor-in-Chief (@TimNoakes)

SERGEI POLUNIN, “TAKE ME TO CHURCH”, DIRECTED BY DAVID LACHAPELLE

“I really don’t like this song. And I feel very ambivalent about LaChapelle as a director. But I truly believe Sergei Polunin is one of the great antihero icons of our generation. And as viral videos go, this is a thing of sheer tarnished beauty; fragile, bold and imperfect. The Ukrainian-born former Royal Ballet outlaw channels the inner turmoil of the Byronic lead in a favourite book; Mikhail Lermontov’s 19th century Russian classic A Hero of Our Time. It’s a befitting title. ‘He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace.’” – Ronojoy Dam, Group Creative Director

FIFTY SHADES OF FETISH

“I don’t want roses, I want latex. Believe it or not, ladies, there was a whole booming sex industry before the faux-erotica of 50 Shades. Instead of turning to the silver screen this V’tine’s Day, save your cash and your sanity (those cinema crowds!) and check out some super-sexxxy shots from AnOther’s archive alongside some fun fetish-tastic words of wisdom from London’s latex experts.” – Ashleigh Kane, Digital Assistant (@AshleighKane)

RETRO AUDIO PORN

“It's not every day you learn about a new genre of porn you never knew existed, and it manages to be quaintly retro and sweet as opposed to horrifying and/or involving animals and body parts you never knew existed, either. This feature about audio porn does exactly that. Happy Valentine's!” – Zing Tsjeng, News Editor (@MissZing)

THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER

“Forget toast butchered into hearts and well-meaning carnations – come V-day morning I’ll turn to you, my faithful bae… and scroll. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, BBC News, BuzzFeed, Medium... who needs unconditional love when you got the internet? But. This Guardian review of new book The Internet is Not the Answer has got me doubting our bond, picking at your faults (trolls, #thefappening, Directioners, Beliebers). Has the romance faded? ‘Rather than creating more democracy, (the internet is) empowering the rule of the mob,” the book’s author Andrew Keen writes, “Rather than encouraging tolerance, it’s unleashed such a distasteful war on women that many no longer feel welcome on the network… Rather than making us happy, it’s compounding our rage.’ Change is needed: a new internet, or a new (far more tolerant) humanity? It’s not you, it’s me.” – Natasha Slee, Social Media Assistant (@TashaLouiseS)

ADVICE FOR YOUNG JOURNALISTS

“This week, #AdviceForYoungJournalists was a top trend on Twitter, kind of inexplicably (though I guess that reveals who the most vocal and self-obsessed populace on Twitter really are). As a 20-something freelancer who happened to be having one of those weeks where you’re making tearful phone calls to HMRC and wondering if you can afford to eat this Kinder Bueno, I didn’t really find anything useful in the debate; but I did happen to click on this great, brief piece from Roxane Gay over at The Toast, a writer and a publication that never fail to lift my spirits. This is the only advice that made sense to me, a young journalist, this week, and it’s worth repeating to journalists and other humans everywhere: “Be willing to fail because sometimes, you are going to fail. Be willing to succeed and know that success is fucking terrifying. Either things are going to work out or they won’t. That’s life. That’s how to be alive.” – Aimee Cliff, Music Editor (@AimeeCliff)

IT'S KANYE’S WORLD, WE JUST LIVE IN IT

“With Valentine’s around the corner, and Kanye’s Beck-roasting ringing in our ears from the Grammys, this seemed like a timely moment to bring up a little clarification from BuzzFeed on Yeezus-level self-love. Posted nearly two years ago, but still apt, it’s a neat reminder of the political, racial and radical dimensions of I Am A God-level self aggrandisement. Remember this, whatever you’re doing tomorrow – it’s Kanye’s world, we just live in it.” – Charlie Robin Jones, Digital Editor (@CharliexJones)

THIS IMAGE OF CHAPEL HILL

“This week, tragedy rocked the leafy, movie-set college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I spent a happy semester of my student life. Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, three talented, selfless young Muslims, were coldly executed in a vile hate crime that some now trivialise by blaming a parking dispute. But as the eyes of the word turned to focus on the place I briefly had the pleasure to call home, as news crews trained their cameras and journalists filled column inches trying to make sense of the tragedy, to me a single image defined the spirit of those who live there, and the legacy of those killed. I wish I could’ve joined them.” – Emma Allwood, Fashion Features Assistant (@EmmaHopeAll)

MY ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE

“Fabulous, witty (if a little depressing) career advice to young people from Alex Balk, much in the same vein as Carles’ recent post on the demise of Hipster Runoff and, indeed, the internet. Are we staring into the abyss? Has the internet failed to deliver on its astounding promise and are we to blame?

Nihilistic as it sounds, there’s an inalienable truth to this: ‘No, the internet is going to keep getting worse and there will be no chance for escape. It’s a massive torrent of sewage blasted at you at all hours and you pay handsomely for the privilege of having a handheld cannon you carry with you at all times to spray more shit-sludge at yourself whenever you’re bored or anxious.” – Thomas Gorton, News Writer (@angstromhoot)