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If You Shop on Thanksgiving, You Are Part of the Problem

Matt Walsh | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Matt Walsh

That's our entire economic system: buy things. Everybody buy. It doesn't matter what you buy. Just buy. How appropriate, then, that a holiday created by our ancestors as an occasion to give thanks for what they had, now morphs into a frenzied consumerist ritual where we descend upon shopping malls to accumulate more things we don't need.

11 Things I Am Thankful For

James Napoli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

Being asked to go around the table and share the things for which you are most thankful is butt-puckeringly awkward at best. So, this year, I'll just bring this handy gratitude list and pass it around.

The Death of Thanksgiving (Colossians 1:11-20)

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

But wait a second -- other stores are guilty as well. However if no one wanted to shop on Thanksgiving, then no stores would be open. The true Thanksgiving-killer is the person who leaves the table and heads to the mall.

Is This the Most Anti-Science, Anti-Environmental TV Ad Ever?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Here is how Toys "R" Us apparently sees the world, and wants our children to see it: Nature sucks. Cheap plastic toys are great. Science education sucks. Commercialism is great. Field trips to see nature are boring. Running wild around a chain store is fantastic.

Brave New Consumerism: How to Get from More to Better

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Perhaps the owners of Toys-R-Us and their advertising team have been reading Brave New World because this advertisement mocking nature and encouraging consumerism seems ripped right from Huxley's book.

The Freedom Of Simple Living

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig K. Comstock

I've known rich people who feel inferior to friends who are even richer. The key is spending less than we earn, growing other values, and just ignoring (or laughing at) all the blandishments of an economic system dependent on our cravings every last thing we can get.

Toys 'R' Us Mocks Nature in Holiday Ad

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 12.28.2013 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Now more than ever, we need companies who really care about children to stand up and encourage kids and families to get outdoors.

Letter From a New Economy Consumer

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

Everyday there are thousands of marketers competing for my time. I am consuming data and information at an alarming rate both online and off. When I am at my computer, on average I am switching tabs or functions more than twice every 60 seconds.

The Real Cost of Shipping

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
OnEarth

By Bruce Stutz, OnEarth When I first moved to Brooklyn in the early 1970s I lived not far from the waterfront and often walked along the piers to watc...

The Subtle Science of Sex in Consumerism and Everyday Life

Troy Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

I don't like the idea that my mind and body are driven by such basic needs. I don't like the idea that businesses can use sex to sell to me or even change my mental state. But it's important for us to look at the truth of human nature, even if it's uncomfortable.

Woe Is Us (and It Shouldn't Be)

John Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Friedman

This downward spiral must stop, and only we can stop it. We cannot sit around and wait for "someone else" to fix the problem -- not government officials nor can advocacy groups. The difference we want is the difference we can make.

The True Cost

Andrew Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Morgan

The eyes of the world are opening, and I believe history is giving us this moment to choose a better path forward.

YuMe and Tremor are Just the First Generation of Video

Brian Shin | Posted 11.24.2013 | Media
Brian Shin

While last year's IPO class was full of social companies like Facebook, and Zynga, 2013 so far has been about ad tech. More specifically, video companies have taken center stage this summer.

Content Consumption Monitoring: Bringing a Customer-Centric Approach to B2B

Erik Matlick | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Erik Matlick

We rely on a broad set of tools in B2B marketing, from live events to email and search -- most of which work relatively well, and nearly all of which rely entirely upon educational content. But apart from search, intent targeting is absent from our toolset.

No One Cares About You

Scott Howe | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Scott Howe

In a world of increased fragmentation and a bombardment of the senses, most of our messages fall on deaf ears, our advertising fails, and people simply don't care about what we're telling them.

Best Buy Prankster Channels Banksy, Puts 'Useless Plasticbox' On Shelves

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business

A Los Angeles artist recently tried to pass off empty black boxes as actual Best Buy products at multiple stores in the area. The fake product, named ...

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.

Pay-Later Gift Cards Cut Waste Using App Store Logic

Greg Voakes | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Greg Voakes

At least $10 billion dollars will be wasted this year on unclaimed gift cards -- 8 to 19 percent of all prepaid gift cards are never used. A new online service called Kiind is making this waste as thing of the past while helping retailers reduce billions of dollar in outstanding financial liability.

Why We Don't Need Facebook

Matthew Kertman | Posted 09.10.2013 | Media
Matthew Kertman

We rank cities on their overall quality of life and access to natural resources to help us decide if we want to live there. Why should we not also choose the manner and method with which we manage our relationships online?

'Money Has to Serve, Not to Rule'

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The pope points out that in ideologies that are grounded in the drive for power and for possessions a rejection of both God and others and an attitude that considers ethics as a nuisance.

Is America's 'Money Complex' Bankrupting Its Character? Interview With Psychoanalyst Tom Singer, M.D.

Pythia Peay | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Pythia Peay

"As a psychologist viewing the country as a patient, I think we've become over-identified with the accomplishments of the 'cultural ego.'"

Time for a Change of Business

Charles Gould | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Charles Gould

If we're reading the signs correctly, and if there is some legitimacy in the cyclical pattern of reaction to excesses of the past, then we might be at the beginning of a period that sees co-operatives not just as respected but as favored above other corporate forms.

Power of Social Media: New Wave of Consumer Activism Rising Out of Rana Plaza Tragedy

Sally Greenberg | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Sally Greenberg

Today's communications between customers and companies - about reviews or complaints, customer service praises or critiques, and assessments of a company's social or environmental records - are often animated, emotional, and highly visible. Just ask Applebee's.

Earth, a Queer Issue

justin adkins | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
justin adkins

I recently made a commitment to discuss the environment at all of my LGBTQ talks because there will be no LGBTQ people (in fact, no people) if we fail on the earth. It is the most pressing issue of our time.

Biocide: A Memorial Day for Planet Earth

William Astore | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
William Astore

For our children and their children, Memorial Day weekend may become a time to reflect on another loved one lost: Mother Earth.