More! A Nostalgic Snapshot of 80’s Consumer Culture

As I was sifting through the magazine rack at my local thrift store - searching for "stimulus" for an innovation ideation (say THAT ten times fast) session - I came across the type of rare gem that made my narcissistic anthropologist day. It was this issue of Soap Opera Digest from July of 1984. I … Continue reading More! A Nostalgic Snapshot of 80’s Consumer Culture

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Nostalgic America and The South Florida Elderly Consumer

This morning I am heading home from a visit with my parents at the Colony Point retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida. It is the second largest (next to Century Village) in the area - located in South Florida, which is home to a disproportionate amount of the East Coast's elderly population. Why? I have … Continue reading Nostalgic America and The South Florida Elderly Consumer

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

I am certainly not even close to catching up to the thousands of bloggers who are talking about this year's first merging of two iconic American Holiday traditions since the late 1800's - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, also coined Thanksgivukkah, among other cutesy holiday sniglets.Being both American and Jewish (at least by birth on both counts) … Continue reading Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

Nine Pieces From Ninth Street: Philly street Art

I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Philly this week for the second time in a few months doing some fieldwork. My team and I spent time in several neighborhoods - in people's homes observing life and food culture. I remember before we arrived someone mentioned that a few of the blocks … Continue reading Nine Pieces From Ninth Street: Philly street Art

Atlanta Pride In Pictures 2013

This weekend was the Gay Pride festival in Atlanta - coinciding with National Coming Out Day which falls on October 11th every year. In most of the rest of the country, especially those with the highest gay populations (like NYC and San Francisco, the pride march / parade is typically held the third Sunday in … Continue reading Atlanta Pride In Pictures 2013

Breaking Down The Gen Y “Quarterlife Crisis”: A Generation’s Expectations in Context

This weekend I spent some time at happy hour listening to a Millennial friend of mine - who is 34 years old, talk about how she is unhappy in her current career path and experiencing a "mid-life" crisis.   After pardoning myself for the eye-rolling, we had a conversation around self-actualization, goal setting, etc. And I … Continue reading Breaking Down The Gen Y “Quarterlife Crisis”: A Generation’s Expectations in Context

Best of The Best Street Art and the Role of Art In An Urban Context

My favorite thing about street art is that it puts art, literally, in context.  Rather, it creates art within a context: expressing something about local and / or popular social mores in a forum that allows denizens of  that context to be disrupted with a different kind of conversation starter. It addresses issues relevant to … Continue reading Best of The Best Street Art and the Role of Art In An Urban Context

DragonCon In Context

About four years ago my wife and I met at DragonCon: a Fantasy/sci-fi/comics/all-things super-nerdy convention held annually in downtown Atlanta. While both of us are needs at heart (and in-practice) in many ways - we were there as mostly observers that year - hanging out at one of the host hotel bars observing hundreds of … Continue reading DragonCon In Context

Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

Yesterday I spent an afternoon with Joy and Mike and their daughter (my wife) and son and his wife. We were having a get-together to share some Korean delicacies sent as a gift from the Son's in-laws and to celebrate the Birthday of Joy's mother who passed a few years ago. My wife often fondly … Continue reading Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot