From Meme to Marketing: The Power of Viral Meaning-Creation

  This morning whilst enjoying my leftover steak dinner turned steak omelet (waste not want not) I was also going through the Sunday paper coupons (as is a typical suburban Sunday morning activity - so I have observed). Whilst perusing the pages of discounts for new, necessary hair care products such as jamaican black castor … Continue reading From Meme to Marketing: The Power of Viral Meaning-Creation

Narcissistic Reflections on a Blog Experiment: Day 365

Today is the last day of a 365-day commitment I made to myself (without consulting my wife, which in hindsight might not have been a good idea) to post a blog every single day. I did it for a number of reasons: to be more disciplined about practicing the urgent work of noticing, to become … Continue reading Narcissistic Reflections on a Blog Experiment: Day 365

Some Inspiration to Create The Future

This is creative inspiration week for the Narcissistic Anthropologist.  I am involved in a project where I am seeking vision from others and thought I would share one nugget that made me smile today. For all of us with grand designs to change the world - or at least make a sizable dent in it, … Continue reading Some Inspiration to Create The Future

Variations On A Meme: Marriage Equality Enthusiasm

Not to belabor the point on marriage equality, but I am always a fan of meme-watching...especially when you start seeing all the "hacking" that goes into personalizing a meme to make it more meaningful....and even borrowing from other memes to do so. In the case of the marriage equality debate that is happening in the … Continue reading Variations On A Meme: Marriage Equality Enthusiasm

The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes

The sociology of internet memes is absolutely fascinating to me.  Somebody puts something on YouTube that they think is interesting, meaningful or funny but, in most cases, actually skyrockets way above the bounds of ridiculousness.  Sometimes a meme becomes popular because it showcases the extraordinary - but for the most part, it's all about ridiculousness. … Continue reading The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes

The American Jewish Pilgrimage: From New York To Florida

In a few hours I hope on an airplane to go visit my parents for the weekend. My parents are of retirement age and native New Yorkers: both born and raised in the Bronx, having lived the bulk of their adult lives in the New York metro area. So, it stands to reason (according to … Continue reading The American Jewish Pilgrimage: From New York To Florida

Inglorious Blogging: Intention Versus Reality

People blog for a lot of reasons, I suppose.  Some people just need free therapy - a place to dump out all the random thoughts in their head.  Some people blog to hone their writing skills.  Some are narcissists who think the world needs to hear what they have to say (I don't know anybody … Continue reading Inglorious Blogging: Intention Versus Reality

30 Years Later: The King of Pop In Context And How “Thriller” Changed Everything

The legendary best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson's Thriller, was released 30 years ago today.  It was a groundbreaking album that marked a defining achievement worthy of"King of Pop" status.  But do you know why? Well, It's a good thing you have a Narcissistic Anthropologist to find some context and share it with you.  … Continue reading 30 Years Later: The King of Pop In Context And How “Thriller” Changed Everything

Why The Dude Abides: What Is It About The Big Lebowski That Makes It An American Cult Classic?

Last night I dined at a local upscale american restaurant owned by three local chefs.   It was Haute Cuisine with a comfort food twist.  Things like duck-fat fried brussel sprouts and a burger called "The McDowell" - after it's namesake in the movie Coming To America, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.     There were several … Continue reading Why The Dude Abides: What Is It About The Big Lebowski That Makes It An American Cult Classic?

National Coming Out Day: A Modern American Ritual Rooted In Cultural Conflict

October 11th is National Coming Out Day.  Unlike the Gay Pride marches and festivities you see around the country (typically on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village that sparked the gay rights movement), National Coming Out day is a more awareness and empathy oriented commemoration. According … Continue reading National Coming Out Day: A Modern American Ritual Rooted In Cultural Conflict