Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

I am certainly not even close to catching up to the thousands of bloggers who are talking about this year's first merging of two iconic American Holiday traditions since the late 1800's - Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, also coined Thanksgivukkah, among other cutesy holiday sniglets.Being both American and Jewish (at least by birth on both counts) … Continue reading Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Giving Thanks For The Fire That Burns In All of Us

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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

Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

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

Igniting A Cultural Conversation On Race: Putting The Trayvon Martin Tragedy In Context Relating To The Dehumanization of Young Black Males in America

Last Saturday night I was out at a bar enjoying a momentary respite from my family reunion weekend when the news of the Zimmerman verdict came on the overhead TV. At the moment I remember thinking: "I'm really shocked - but then again, I suppose I shouldn't be". And I remember a sinking feeling in … Continue reading Igniting A Cultural Conversation On Race: Putting The Trayvon Martin Tragedy In Context Relating To The Dehumanization of Young Black Males in America

Sociology of Style Shout-Out to The Class of 2013: The Changing Course of The American Dream

Today's blog is the latest taken directly from Sociology Of Style   Bling My Dream: The Changing Course of the American Dream The class of 2013 recently threw up their hats. Now, as they polish their resumes and transition into the workforce, some employers are less than enthusiastic about the current crop of recruits, characterizing … Continue reading Sociology of Style Shout-Out to The Class of 2013: The Changing Course of The American Dream

In Jeans We Trust: Celebrating 140 Years of Levi’s

If I asked you where Jeans were invented I be your first guess would likely be AMERICA! Or maybe it would be China - given where most of the things we buy are made. Fact is you would me mostly correct. Even though the fabric that today we call Denim comes from Nimes, France - … Continue reading In Jeans We Trust: Celebrating 140 Years of Levi’s

Conversations About Masculinity: Who Is The American Male?

About once a year for the past several years I have had projects come across my desk that involve taking a closer look at the American Male consumer to help with one marketing, product development or otherwise strategic initiative or another.   In most cases of work designed to unearth consumer insights, the focus is typically … Continue reading Conversations About Masculinity: Who Is The American Male?

Honoring The Drive-In: An American Cultural Tradition

Tonight, I'm going to the Drive in for the first time this season.  It's not something I do often, but about once or twice in the Spring / Summer months a bunch of us girls drive our SUVs out to the east side of town, pack up coolers and camp chairs and tailgate at the … Continue reading Honoring The Drive-In: An American Cultural Tradition

Yes young people are narcissists. No it is not a good thing.

Do I already need to say anything by way of introduction? 😉

So-Called Millennial

So, you’re Young and Self-Absorbed?

Millennials did you read the TIME article “Me, Me, Me Generation” by Joel Stein? Take a look at the opening paragraph:

Correction Appended: May 9, 2013

I am about to do what old people have done throughout history: call those younger than me lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow. But I have studies! I have statistics! I have quotes from respected academics! Unlike my parents, my grandparents and my great-grandparents, I have proof. (TIME)

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/static/img/upload/2013/05/09/gap.JPGI would just skip the TIME article and go straight to The Atlantic Wire’s  Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation which builds a strong case that, well every generation has been criticized by their elders when coming of age. It also lampoons the TIME articles’ main point that Narcissistic personality disorder is three times higher(!) in people in their 20s than people over 65 and older.

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Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation

As someone who feels awkward around her dog when she is "naked", I can totally relate to this conversation about how we anthropomorphize our pets. The  Artificial Grass for Dogs in America (and the developed world) has changed significantly as consumer culture has evolved.  It used to be we domesticated animals with Natural Pet Care … Continue reading Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation