Coming Together Over Free Coffee: A Starbucks Political Statement and Marketing Magic

The U.S. political environment is pretty bound up these days with the debt ceiling crisis and government shutdowns, etc.  All the CNN and MSNBC addicts among my readers (I imagine quite a few) are likely well aware.  If you look to your Facebook and Twitter feeds you will likely see lots of griping and general … Continue reading Coming Together Over Free Coffee: A Starbucks Political Statement and Marketing Magic

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Huffing Over Holocaust Jokes? A Discussion About Joan River’s Point of View on The Function of Humor

On a post-Academy awards show the other night, Joan Rivers made what most would call an "off color" joke about model Heidi Klum's dress that referred to the Holocaust.  And MAN did it tick people off.  So much so that it made the news on CNN! As I listen to the debate as well as … Continue reading Huffing Over Holocaust Jokes? A Discussion About Joan River’s Point of View on The Function of Humor

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

Romancing The Senate: When Did The Business Of Government Become About Love?

On CNN today, the "talk back question" was "can Barack Obama romance the republicans?". It seems that voters intentionally put our country into a state of gridlock the past couple elections: with a democratic president and a senate dominated by Republicans. And it also seems that our two-party system has created a sandbox with a … Continue reading Romancing The Senate: When Did The Business Of Government Become About Love?

The Misguided Issue of Racial Politics: Especially Where “White People” Are Concerened

The election-related political chatter is in full tilt as we approach election day.  And this morning the "talk back" topic on CNN is about race and voting.  In particular, asking why Obama is polling so poorly with "white voters":  https://www.facebook.com/CarolCNN As somebody who studies cultural context for a living, I always get a little perturbed … Continue reading The Misguided Issue of Racial Politics: Especially Where “White People” Are Concerened