Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

I don't know If I share this opinion with most Anthropologists or not, but I know I share It with many of my other fellow humans. And that is, Americans do some weird sh*t for our holiday traditions - mostly because of how fervently we have integrated our religous holidays into consumer culture and vice … Continue reading Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

On The Gender and Feminism Debate: What does “Having It All” Really Mean?

After reading todays' today's Sociology of Style blog on the active gender debate and female self-sabotage before I even had my first cup of coffee, I had a lot of opinions and questions swirling around in my brain.  But I had a full day of work to do that required said brain so decided to … Continue reading On The Gender and Feminism Debate: What does “Having It All” Really Mean?

Rituals Empowering Nurture: An Example From Elementary School Theatre

We often hear people say things about "kids these days" and how "everyone gets a trophy" and that we should encourage our kids to truly compete and only reward them for actually achieving, not just playing. I don't necessarily disagree that we should be training our kids for life in the real world by allowing … Continue reading Rituals Empowering Nurture: An Example From Elementary School Theatre

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

American Deep Culture Spelled Out: “DIE”

One of my favorite new subscriptions is to Yes Magazine .  It's a good add to the roster of food, fashion, news, social science and wellness magazines we have steadily flowing into our mailbox - posing "Powerful Ideas and Practical Actions" like Best range bags item in line with our changing social ethos and helping … Continue reading American Deep Culture Spelled Out: “DIE”

One Millennial speaks about her “civic generation”. Will it be feast or folly? Answer yet unknown but as the folks at the Lottery say, “you can’t win if you don’t play”. At minimum this generation is “game on”….

So-Called Millennial

FOR EVERY SEASON TURN, TURN, TURN…

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

–John Adams
IT NEVER LASTS LONG
I thought I would expand on why I adhere to some of the attributes of Howe & Strauss generational cycle theory.  In short, it’s because of the nature of democracy. Democracy deals with the age old chicken-or-the-egg scenario of the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few. Are you part of the many or part of the few? In a democracy the idea is to achieve unity in the midst of the needs of the many and the needs of the few. On top of that, if all men are created equal, there is always an ongoing conversation of…

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Is The Food Industry in America Ready To Start Paying Its Karmic Debt?

It's no secret that in the food industry, whether you are selling fruit or fried snacks, "the selling of food matters as much as the food itself. A little bit of marketing strategy goes a long way (something I would know a few things about) and the companies who make the stuff you buy spend … Continue reading Is The Food Industry in America Ready To Start Paying Its Karmic Debt?

“Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?

This fascinating ethnographic piece in the New York Times Style section got me thinking today.  If you live in an urban center or watch Portlandia then you know what I am talking about.  Traditionally speaking, the gentrification of urban neighborhoods has been leaving young, white creative professionals with the blood on their hands...pushing the lower … Continue reading “Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?

Valentine’s Day from a UK Consumer Culture Perspective

LOVE this article posted on the Northstar website this week about tips for brands who want to leverage the (evolving) relevance of valentines day.  Has a cheeky UK touch I am sure the VDay haters will love.  🙂  You can link to this as well as more great content here: http://www.northstarhub.com/blog/perspectives/valentines-day-love-consumerism/ Valentine’s Day Love & … Continue reading Valentine’s Day from a UK Consumer Culture Perspective

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