Millennials in Love: Why They’re Not So Different From Their Parents After All

So excited to have gotten the call to participate in the dialogue in this article….

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There’s nothing quite like a new generation setting out to breed. It’s an exercise in feverishness and fretfulness, in urgency and appetite, a sweet and simpleminded leave-taking of the senses in the pursuit of, well, a lot. Sex, certainly—plenty of that. Then there’s companionship, and security and the esteem of your friends—to say nothing of yourself—and the basic thrill of thinking that maybe, just maybe, you’re in love. Only a handful of years earlier, the same demographic was nothing but a swarm of pre-sexual children. Then the mating software booted up, but it was constrained by bodies and minds way too young to do much about it. And to the extent that anyone tried, there were parents, teachers and society as a whole policing their behavior.

Then all at once the limits are gone—the young breeders jump the traces and are set free to have at it. Soon enough, their…

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Ugly Sweaters, Other Consumer Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Did you find yourself online shopping at a place like Ugly Christmas Sweater this season to find the perfect tacky holiday sweater to wear to a theme party?  Did you find yourself wondering when the ugly Christmas sweater party became a "thing"?  I thought Cliff Huxtable (for those who did not grow up in front of the … Continue reading Ugly Sweaters, Other Consumer Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Millennial Wedding Rituals: Nuptuals With A Social Media-Inspired Twist

I recently attending a wedding where my wife was performing a special selection of songs for the ceremony. It was a Cinderella-style event for one of her voice student's sisters and her college sweetheart husband. Ole Miss, to be exact. The only reason I know is because at some point during toast there was a … Continue reading Millennial Wedding Rituals: Nuptuals With A Social Media-Inspired Twist

Brain Candy: An Exercise in Knowing Thy Context in The Check-Out Aisle

Checking out at the Whole Foods on my way to a Father's Day lunch I spied (and purchased) this parent-trap: Sharkies Kids Sports Chews. As with most things in life, brand and product positioning (the mindspace a company would like their product to occupy in the mind of the consumer) is all about context. In … Continue reading Brain Candy: An Exercise in Knowing Thy Context in The Check-Out Aisle

Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation

As someone who feels awkward around her dog when she is "naked", I can totally relate to this conversation about how we anthropomorphize our pets. The  Artificial Grass for Dogs in America (and the developed world) has changed significantly as consumer culture has evolved.  It used to be we domesticated animals with Natural Pet Care … Continue reading Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation

Social Responsibility Served Up With Niche-Oriented Subtelty

As I was mindlessly flipping through the CB2 catalogue this morning, daydreaming about what the furniture in my beach house might look like if I "had a million dollars", I spotted this My heart smiled big and I shared it on my friend's Facebook page who I know rescues Pit Bulls and has a soft … Continue reading Social Responsibility Served Up With Niche-Oriented Subtelty

Hypepotamus: The Atlanta Creative Class Creating Their Own Empowerment Platform

My favorite thing about the Creative Class as a growing sub-culture, economic force and general psychographic is the mindset that you don't have to change the system from within the system. Rather, you change the system by inventing a new one! Kevin Wallace  and Health Hyneman are both native Atlantans, entrepreneurs and innovators with proven … Continue reading Hypepotamus: The Atlanta Creative Class Creating Their Own Empowerment Platform

From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

Featured in the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times today is a journalistic tribute to context creating pop culture, inspired by the exhibit at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York that tells a high fashion tale of couture inspired by counterculture.   Here is the online version of today's worth-a-read journalism:  … Continue reading From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform