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

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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

New “big bang” theory for men

I like this take from the other side of the pond on commercial formation of the masculine ideal - given the relevance to topics I am pursuing in research right now about American Men... Related articles Decoding masculinity: Q&A with Robb Willer, professor of sociology (stanforddaily.com) Conversations About Masculinity: Who Is The American Male? (thenarcissisticanthropologist.com)

Honoring The Drive-In: An American Cultural Tradition

Tonight, I'm going to the Drive in for the first time this season.  It's not something I do often, but about once or twice in the Spring / Summer months a bunch of us girls drive our SUVs out to the east side of town, pack up coolers and camp chairs and tailgate at the … Continue reading Honoring The Drive-In: An American Cultural Tradition

Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

In today's consumer culture driven world - especially here in the United States, brands are starting to become a required participant, if not leader, of conversations about social change. It' s part of a macro trend related to empowered consumerism and the shifting balance of power between civil society, government and corporations. Specifically, government is … Continue reading Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

Are We What We Watch? TV content as a Reflection of American Culture

As per usual I was being kept company by CNN at the start of my workday this morning and there was an interesting "filler" story about how the content of TV programming has changed over the years since, well, TV was invented and  the role it plays as a reflection of our culture.  The question … Continue reading Are We What We Watch? TV content as a Reflection of American Culture

Why You Should Be Offended By Bad Marketing

Have you ever seen a commercial or some other marketing stunt that was so bad you questioned what moron thought of that and thought it was okay?  Did you even, perhaps, get a little bit offended?  Well good - you should be offended by bad marketing. "Why should I be offended by bad marketing" you … Continue reading Why You Should Be Offended By Bad Marketing

Are Millennials stuck in an entertainment-choice rut because of their stunted growth? I wouldn’t dare say so, but lets see what one “so-called Millennial” thinks….

So-Called Millennial

We all have slips of judgement, and poor taste at times when it comes to our entertainment choices. I tease my husband for watching reruns of He-Man, but not as much as he teases me for watching Days of Our Lives. Not many people my age can say they have been watching Days for 21 years (I’m only 28). It’s not something to brag about, but still true. I take the ups and downs of the people of Salem with a grain of salt. The events twist and turn in a way that’s entertaining, but doesn’t challenge me to think on a deeper level. That is the point.

In the article The novel America needs in 2013 (CNN News) by author Mark Bauerlein, he points the embarrassing entertainment choices of Millennials. He blames the the poor entertainment choices on the stalled adulthood of Millennials:

“Adolescence used to be…

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Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Flash back to before we established a "civilized" industrial-to-knowledge-to-conceptual economy such as we have been used to in modern times.  Survival was a matter of basics and most humans resided firmly in the very bottom layers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid: In absence of safeguards, systems and conveniences like government-supervised municipal programs, a regulated … Continue reading Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Why Can’t We Stay Out Of Jodie Foster’s “Closet”? A Perspective On Celebrity As A Fetish

Let's start by defining the word fetish, lest everyone think we are discussing a different kind of topic. According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, fetish is defined as: a : an object (as a small stone carving of an animal) believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly : a … Continue reading Why Can’t We Stay Out Of Jodie Foster’s “Closet”? A Perspective On Celebrity As A Fetish