Saw this article on a friend's facebook feed from mashable.com about infamous street artist Banksy's latest stunt in the name of art and social commentary. It showed this recent video of a art sale Bansky staged in NYC this weekend (among the other Central Park art stands). It was attended by an old man and … Continue reading Banksy’s Street Art Sale Stunt: Proving a Case That Street Art is Just as Niche as “High” Art?
Had an unplanned evening in NYC tonight and decided to spend some time observing rather than seeking. Union Square Park is one of those places that attracts "all kinds " and it was a nice return to my anthropological roots to be content with observation and simply capturing the beauty of "hanging out". Here are … Continue reading A Photo Walk Through Union Square Park
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
Keeping on the hipster theme, i thought this was an interesting example of cultural discourse. A pretty objective dialogue that really frames the public opinion about "counterculture" and the sociological concept of "us" versus "other". Whether you are a hipster lover, hater or are one yourself (whether you assume the label or not) it's an … Continue reading What Is A Hipster?
I have done a bit of research and writing here and there about this new demographic of "Cultural Creatives" the consumer sociologists, anthropologists and business gurus keep talking about. Technically speaking I am one of them. Chances are if you are reading this you are too. I am current in the midst of recruiting participants … Continue reading Inspired By The Creative Class – Hope For An Interesting and Exciting Future
This weekend I made the plunge into new vehicle ownership for the first time in 8 years. Some history: The first car I ever "owned" was a leased, bottom-of-the barrel Toyota (color: aqua!) that I got in grad school and that moved me up to the great Northeast for my first job. Then I spent … Continue reading The Self-Conscious Context Of Car Shopping: What It’s Like When You Know Too Much and Buy The Luxury SUV Anyway
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?
I remember when I was little and (despite the fact that both my parents are Jewish) I would spend the weeks up until Christmas anticipating Christmas morning, when Santa would have brought me and my brothers a living-room full of presents. I took the responsibility of making sure Santa had cookies and milk (as well … Continue reading For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff
That's what I often hear from "folks" who live in places like New York City. They also happen to be "folks" who earn upper-middle-class livings and define culture based on "high art" standards. Anything that doesn't have a marquis or high price tag for access doesn't count as culture. And I venture a guess that … Continue reading “Your City Has No Culture!”
As I leave The city and head back home I am reflecting on the time I spent living here and (with several years since lapsed) how my NYC street survival skills are woefully out of practice. When spending time hustling around Manhattan it is pretty obvious by observing nuances of behavior who is a native … Continue reading How To Spot A Non-New Yorker