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When Commercialism Trumps Democracy

Victor Pickard | Posted 03.31.2016 | Media
Victor Pickard

We can better understand the "trumpification of the media" by focusing on the commercial logic that drives it. This draws attention to the root of the problem: the commercial pressures and profit imperatives that encourage particular types of news coverage.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

In Defense of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and Just a Little Bit, Commercialism)

David Beem | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
David Beem

There is something wrong with the brand of criticism that says: this book ain't a book, this album ain't an album, and this movie ain't a movie. That's the definition of intellectual dishonesty -- and it ain't furthering your cause.

Post-Hope America Opens Pandora's Box

Christen Lien | Posted 08.25.2016 | Arts
Christen Lien

We are entering the most hopeful time of year; a time when goals, dreams and vision matter. It's the time when new beginnings -- or at least the idea of them -- have us feeling inspired and motivated.

Easter Way Back When

Melissa Fenton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Melissa Fenton

Easter Day involved family, not things. It was about being together for brunch, not getting on new bikes. And somehow, we felt loved and special without the excess. What a concept.

War and Perpetual Adolescence

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

While the USA has always been a warrior culture, built on a foundation of conquest and exploitation, that's only been part of the picture. Movements of liberation and the expansion of the mantle of humanity have always been a part of the picture as well, but today they seem less so than I can remember. Why?

Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I truly believe if American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.


Peter Buffett | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

By removing the connections to nature and to our nature -- one by one -- we have slipped into unconsciousness. Our agricultural systems, education policies, political structures and market economies all contribute to the increasingly open wound of disconnection.

Everything Wrong With Princesses In One Easy Image!

David Trumble | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women
David Trumble


Is Your Weight Coming Back?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Take back your control. Don't be made to feel inferior by the commercialism of weight loss, the false promises, and the celebrities who are paid for their endorsements. A healthy weight loss is not a race, because there is no finish line.

Cultural Appropriation

Mona R. Washington | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Mona R. Washington

CAST African-American Boyfriend, Chinese-American Boyfriend, Dominican-American Boyfriend, Deaf-American Boyfriend, Girlfriend One, Girlfriend Two, Tw...

The Harm That's Caused by Transparent Messages in Advertising

Angela Hartlin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Women
Angela Hartlin

Without our insecurities, beauty product companies would become less aggressive in their marketing practices. Our own desire for superficial self-improvement is what keeps these practices alive and thriving; we are essentially selling out our self-worth.

Happy Heretical Holidays

Ellen Snortland | Posted 02.08.2014 | Comedy
Ellen Snortland

I'm in search of more inclusive ways to celebrate the Yuletide season. 'Tis the season! Time to roll out tired images of Fat-ass Santa and his enslav...

Think I'll Visit Facebook to See Which Friend I'm Being Pressured Into Buying a Gift Card for Today

James Napoli | Posted 10.05.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

I'll be checking out what's trending on Twitter, seeing what's new on Tumblr, sharing interests on Pinterest and, of course, heading on over to Facebook, where I can see which friend I'm supposed to buy a Target or Starbucks gift card for today.

Exploiting Children One Commercial at a Time

Anai Rhoads | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Anai Rhoads

As a social justice activist for the last 22 years, I am big proponent of upholding the right to free speech and expression. However, I do feel companies owe some modesty when it comes to children. For their sake, teach your children to un-plug and tune out.

Mother's Day: A Manufactured Holiday

Jana Novak | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

I have to point out that I think of and miss my mother every day. If there are days that are especially hard, it is not when Hallmark says I should feel bad, it's when I do: my birthday and her birthday.

You Can't Go Home Again, But You Can Make Yourself Your Home

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

A recent wave of nostalgia accompanied by trips back "home", have had me pondering why we sometimes think that what we left behind might contain somet...

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake.


J Henry Fair | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
J Henry Fair

It's often been observed that one must leave the country of birth to see it more clearly, a truism that applies to politics, but also to art. The exhibit of Walker Evans at Die Photographische Sammlung in Köln is a perfect case in point.

The Commercialization of Family

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Spreading "joy with toys" is a major part of what the holidays in America have become -- selling directly to children, without respect to limits, boundaries or even common decency. While completely shielding a child from rampant commercialization isn't easy, there are still ways to protect the essential blessings of childhood.

The Real War On Christmas

Richard Brand | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The war is the constant push of Santa to claim the holiday and the constant message of fear, self-protection, violence and the "look out for me and kind and shoot the rest of them" that opposes, negates and drowns out the good tidings of "peace on earth" among people.

Fox's Phoney War

David Trumble | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
David Trumble


What Money Can't Buy: The Skyboxification of American Life

Michael Sandel | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Sandel

At a time of rising inequality, the marketization of everything means that people of affluence and people of modest means lead increasingly separate lives. You might call it the skyboxification of American life. It's not good for democracy, nor is it a satisfying way to live.

Corporate Profits or Healthy Babies?

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Home
Robert Weissman

American society is not sufficiently supportive of breastfeeding, and the everyday realities of many new mothers' lives make exclusive breastfeeding very challenging.

How Big Is Too Big?

Rachel Kane | Posted 05.01.2012 | Style
Rachel Kane

Does packing such a large space with so much merchandise serve to tarnish the brand or is Forever 21 just giving shoppers what they want?