This blog post is actually an announcement....I've started a new chapter and a new blog, and I am calling it "Consuming Culture". Here is a sneak peak with a link to the official new page and the the full article below. I hope you will join me on my new adventure and be among the … Continue reading Is A Dystopian Consumer Future Already Here?
Sometimes work and life go together. For Narcissistic Anthropologists like me, this phenomenon happens more often than not. For the last several months I have been building momentum as a partner at Culture Agency in Atlanta, GA. In the new year we made an official commitment to, at all costs, only work with clients and … Continue reading Is Customer Social Responsibility The New “CSR”?
I've had a bit of an absence from the blogosphere lately. Not for lack of inspiration and desire to pontificate on the quirks of consumer culture - but because I have been busy trying to figure out a way to save the world. Okay, so perhaps it's a bit Narcissistic to think that a … Continue reading Creating The Culture That Will Change The World
Last night my wife and I took a chance on a new local restaurant and music venue. It was a slow night and we stayed until they were ready to close up, having conversations with the chef and bartender. In an effort to let us know they were in no rush to kick us out, … Continue reading A “Download” on Post-2000 Tech-Driven Consumer Culture-isms
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
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
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
I have been receiving emails for a few weeks now from internetserviceproviders.org asking me to look at their infographics for potential sharing on my blog. In this case, the relentless communication has paid off. I thought this particular graphic, rife with statistics (some dated, and some perhaps questionable, but still thought-provoking) was interesting. I have … Continue reading The Future Mobile Global Internet: Context Is Everything For Emerging Telecommunications Brands
Yesterday I spent an afternoon with Joy and Mike and their daughter (my wife) and son and his wife. We were having a get-together to share some Korean delicacies sent as a gift from the Son's in-laws and to celebrate the Birthday of Joy's mother who passed a few years ago. My wife often fondly … Continue reading Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot
One of the most fascinating parts of our consumer culture is the stuff that is behind the scenes: the insights about our attitudes, values and lifestyles that companies unearth (part of my "day job") as well as the data they collect about us to figure out now to get more of our hard-earning spending cash. … Continue reading Know Thy Data