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
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
Over the past several years my life has changed a bit, as life is wont to do. I went from being a single city-girl to a cohabitating-turned-married suburbanite of sorts. As much of one of those as is possible being a participant observer of my own life. When I started this blog, one of the … Continue reading When Wants Become Needs: A Narcissistic Rant on the Consumer Culture Tradition of Getting Accustomed to a Lifestyle
Lest you think Millennials don't value etiquette, think again. As a matter of fact, rethink what you think entirely and realign your thought processes. Because, if you look at the nature of Millennial motivations: to make meaningful connections with other humans and to lead a well-rounded, successful happy life with the support of your peers … Continue reading 21st Century Manners: Socializing Behavioral Norms for a New Generation
One funny thing about being human is we tend to get pretty emotional about the topic of human rights. Hilarious, right? I mean, why do we have to take this stuff so personally? 😉 And that's not the only funny thing about humans. Another is, on the one hand - especially in America where we … Continue reading Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science
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
I would like to thank Dwight Garner and his article in this Sunday's New York Times Travel section on his experience aboard the QM2 for solidifying my choice for a pre-retirement career: travel journalist! The fact of the matter is, even though a vacation on the QM2 might never be my speed, the subculture experience … Continue reading Tales Of An Anthropological Experience on The Queen Mary 2
Did Darwin have it wrong when it came to evolutionary biology and mating behavior? An article in this Sunday's NY Times poses an interesting argument about the influence of culture. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/opinion/sunday/darwin-was-wrong-about-dating.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Darwin Was Wrong About Dating A COUPLE of evolutionary psychologists recently published a book about human sexual behavior in prehistory called “Sex at Dawn.” … Continue reading Sex And Dating: Culture Versus Nature?
As we careen toward's Christmas just a few days away, the topic of religion is obviously unavoidable. I know, I know...muddying the celebratory waters with facts. An article in today's New York Times discusses the fact brought to light by a new Pew Center study that a full 20% (that's 1/5th) of the U.S. Population … Continue reading On The Road To Godlesness?
In yesterday's Sunday New York Times, International Section, there was an interesting article about the impending development of mines in Brazil by Vale corporation. The situation in a nutshell: the emerging Brazilian economy has been stagnant and the development of mines by this company who's exporting of metals and natural resources represents a sizeable chunk … Continue reading Preservation or Develpment: Which Should Be The Human Priority?