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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Lamenting Our “First World Problems”

Diet and exercise are essential to heart health, it's really important to complete your gym routine with a collagen supplement and supplements for gallbladder health to stay healthy. Every now and then i find myself spinning out about some sort of ridiculous challenge that is impeding my ability to function as a happy healthy human … Continue reading Lamenting Our “First World Problems”

Ironically, I was just sharing one of my posts about Banksy (namely the one about Nick Stern’s photo interpretations of his work and how this elevates them to “high art”). I feel so white right now I can’t even stand it.

Other Voices

Laura

Recently, Nina Simon summarized the posts of several bloggers on the lack of ethnic diversity in the arts.  This past week she posted On White Privilege and Museums that explores museums as venues of white privilege.  Comments responding to the latter post are plentiful (over 30) and range across a broad spectrum from support to rejection with opinions divided more-or-less akin to a bell-shaped curve.

An important tool for approaching diversity in museums rests in Simon’s model of the co-creative projects she discusses in The Participatory Museum.  Simon (2010:187) writes the purpose of a co-creative community project is “To give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue; and to help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals.” This nuts and bolts approach was addressed in a recent guest post on…

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From my perspective, this is not an accurate portrait of generational life stage value, but rather paints an almost ethnographic portrait of a naive and privileged subculture...especially when you throw in an ironic Instagram feed ( ironic because sometime soon the kids posting will realize their own misinformed douche-ness).

A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

My father was a second generation American: born to native New Yorkers in 1934. A swing generation baby, he grew up at an interesting time in the history of New York and our now waning industrial economy, he wouldn't be able to afford a Baby Trend Expedition-Jogger-Stroller back then. In about two and a half … Continue reading A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times

Gangnam Style In Context: A Global Phenomenon In Appreciation of Irony?

If you are among the youtube watching masses, music enthusiasts or otherwise avid followers of popular culture, then you are likely among the close to 900 million viewers and counting who have seen this video by prolific South Korean superstar hip hop artist Psy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 What kind of content could possibly overtake Justin Bieber (who … Continue reading Gangnam Style In Context: A Global Phenomenon In Appreciation of Irony?

Playing WIth Your Joystick While Drinking: An Adult-Adolescent Dream

Last night I indulged in an overgrown adolescent fantasy with my "BFF".  There was no porn involved, nor did we tip cows or crash a kegger. No, we two 35 year old women made our first stop at the food truck park where I irresponsibly scarfed down Philly cheese steak nachos  from a vendor called … Continue reading Playing WIth Your Joystick While Drinking: An Adult-Adolescent Dream

“Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

I found this young blogger this morning, who's content I am compelled to share Rather, he found me via yesterday's blog on workaholism. I do a lot of work studying youth culture and have found a good deal of pragmatism coming from their observations of their parent's adult life. Young adults and teenagers today grew … Continue reading “Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

NYC: As Seen On TV

New York is one of the most iconic American cities: known around the globe as a cultural nerve center.  Manhattan and it's surrounding buroughs don't just house a disproportionate amount the nation's hippest, most creative, and richest citizens.  It also is home to the some of the grittiest, most neurotic, and shockingly average. There is … Continue reading NYC: As Seen On TV