Nursing Your Cinco De Mayo Hangover With Some Cultural Facts

I don't know about the rest of you, but try as I might not to be a rank partying amateur and booze it up on Cinco De Mayo because I can, I did still end up at a Mexican restaurant, enjoying just a bit too much chips, dip and tequila. That being said, the Anthropologist … Continue reading Nursing Your Cinco De Mayo Hangover With Some Cultural Facts

The Relevance of Cultural Heritage Professionals

When was the last time you went to a museum? Maybe an art museum or a historical museum or a cultural museum? Do you see Museum’s as an experience for the “elite” or is that a thing of the past?
I really appreciate this perspective on the importance of cultural heritage professionals and the role of the museum from both a cultural and sociological perspective. With changing times comes evolving roles. And in North America in particular where we have such a young country influenced by a uniquely diverse set of cultural heritage contexts, i think it’s becoming more and more important to preserve, learn, appreciate and revel in the cultural history that makes us an “us” and reminds us of our shared human heritage.
Yet another thankless profession in the practice of “narcissistic anthropology”. 😉

Other Voices

A few months ago I posted a Museum Practices seminar student, Leila Hamdan’s response to the following question:

Put yourself in the position of John or Josephine Q. Public. In the current economic chaos, the bank is foreclosing on their home, they have lost their jobs, and the city just reduced their public services. In referring to the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the House Budget Committee recently arguedthat “The activities and content funded by these agencies…are generally enjoyed by people of higher income levels, making them a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.” Isn’t your research or the position you aspire to as a museum professional just another example of this wealth transfer? What do John and Josephine Q. Public get for their tax dollars that fund your research/position?

Since that time, I have asked these questions of my…

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Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness

I always love a good perspective on the Millennial generation, especially when it's written from a Millennial perspective. There are a number of studies, articles and other points of view from people like me who take an active interest in the culture and sociology of this generation that currently represents everyone from teenagers to those … Continue reading Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness

When Wants Become Needs: A Narcissistic Rant on the Consumer Culture Tradition of Getting Accustomed to a Lifestyle

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

What Is A Hipster?

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?

From Natural Resource Commodity to Criminality: The Canadian Maple Syrup Saga Continues

About a year ago I got an email from a coworker in our Toronto office about a maple syrup heist that became global news - and shortly thereafter was the inspiration for my first Freshly Pressed blog about what makes criminal behavior something laughable rather than something tragic. About 8 months later, last night, said … Continue reading From Natural Resource Commodity to Criminality: The Canadian Maple Syrup Saga Continues

Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

In today's consumer culture driven world - especially here in the United States, brands are starting to become a required participant, if not leader, of conversations about social change. It' s part of a macro trend related to empowered consumerism and the shifting balance of power between civil society, government and corporations. Specifically, government is … Continue reading Brands Taking Responsibilty For Inspiring Social Change: Dove’s “Real Beauty” Sketches as a Dialogue-Starter

An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

This one is for all the bloggers. I don't know why we all choose the blog as an outlet. For some people, it's a away to feel like you are being heard - if even only by your friends and family and anonymous strangers - in a world where it seems like you just can't … Continue reading An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

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

This one is for my “older” friends and colleagues who are having trouble adjusting to working with Millennials. Our ability to understand is only limited by our vision – and I love it when vision is put in perspective by the ones being observed. Enjoy!

So-Called Millennial

I’m not surprised when a millennial is able to sum up a grand observation about our generation. The more I learn about, and write about my generation, the more I notice similar observations, and a sense of cohesion of attitude with my peers. But I am pleasantly surprised when someone from a generation ahead of us is able to “get” millennials. The recently published Forbes article Millennials Will Inherit the Earth by Michael Schulze (Senior Vice President, Retail, SAP) has great observations into millennials, as well as ways for older generations to understand, and relate with them.

Here are some great quotes from the article, and my response:

1. The generational disconnect. As leaders of industry, we need to seek ways to understand and engage them, to teach and to learn from them.”

Millennials are here to stay, we are large in numbers and we’re changing the country…

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