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Photographer Addresses Gender In 'The Pink And Blue Project'

Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts

South Korean artist JeongMee Yoon first embarked on "The Pink and Blue Project" when her five-year-old daughter couldn't get enough candy-colored poss...

Insane Bar Code Portraits

Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts

Scott Blake makes incredible interactive portraits out of bar codes, illustrating how black-and-white data can come to resemble a personal connection....

In Defense of Hypocrisy

The Cornell Sun | Posted 06.12.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

As a white activist, I get this a lot. What does a white liberal weekend revolutionary know about police brutality? What gives me the cultural authority to quote the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron? And who the hell do I think I am?

The iPhone and Consumer Guilt

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

Next time someone says they feel guilty for owning an iPhone, ask if they were the one who decided to maintain a 73% profit margin while underpaying workers on 18-hour-shifts. To roll out new models at breakneck speed? To use conflict minerals and toxic chemicals?

Breaking the Consumer Addiction

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

The problem is that the ease with which we buy online is now rubbing off on our kids. The era of instant gratification blurs the line between wants and needs.

Digital Fire: Starting Over From Zero

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.23.2012 | Business
Russell C. Smith

In a fragmented, sped-up world, images needed to be broken into their separate parts and pieced back together.

Consumerism Trumps Education In Kony 2012 Campaign

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 05.11.2012 | Impact
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

The poster that the Kony 2012 campaign would like to plaster around the country, and has included in a $30 action kit, juxtaposes Joseph Kony, Osama B...

Can Companies Predict Your Divorce?

Richard Komaiko | Posted 05.02.2012 | Divorce
Richard Komaiko

By catching the consumer at the intersection of a big life change, like having a child or getting divorced, there is an opportunity to change customer shopping habits and brand loyalty forever.

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?

Senator Slams Spirit Airlines As New Rules On Airfare Kick In

Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel

In a letter today to the CEO of low cost carrier Spirit Airlines, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says the airline is engaged in a "deliberate attempt to...

Senator Slams Spirit Airlines As New Rules On Airfare Kick In

Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel

Senator Barbara Boxer Slams Spirit Airlines' 'Deliberate Attempt To Deceive' Fliers

Airfarewatchdog Answers Your Questions About Air Travel

George Hobica | Posted 03.26.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering your burning questions about super-low airfares (is it really a good deal?) and finding good fares in surprising places.

Paul Brady

Fliers May Be Sticker Shocked Thanks To New Pricing Regs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brady | Posted 01.19.2012 | Travel

Airline customers are in for sticker shock. New Department of Transportation rules will force airlines to advertise higher, all-inclusive prices be...

Does a Trade-off Need to Stay a Trade-off?

Roger Martin | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Roger Martin

Will there continue to be trade-offs between shareholder value maximization and social good? Absolutely. We live in an imperfect world. Does there have to be a trade-off between the two in all instances? Only if we collectively decide to make it so. Let's not.

Your Flight's Cancelled: Now What?

Kate Hanni | Posted 03.19.2012 | Travel
Kate Hanni

We all know that air travel is never a sure thing. Many flights are delayed or cancelled, for a variety of reasons. But if your flight is cancelled, what do you do? What are your rights?

Top 10 (Easy) Ways To Preserve Your Frequent Flyer Miles

George Hobica | Posted 03.17.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

But for most airlines, there's absolutely no excuse to let your miles expire, even if you don't fly or don't have an airline-branded credit card. You probably already do things that you could be earning miles for, as well as protecting the miles you have, but you're not aware of the possibilities.

Why Can't Airlines Get It Right?

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 03.16.2012 | Travel
Tiffany Hawk

I'm not denying that there are bad flight attendants out there. God knows I've seen them. Hell, on a really bad flight, I've probably been one. But lately, when it comes to high-profile airline "horror stories" the problem is usually the passenger.

From The Mailbag: Airfarewatchdog Answers Your Questions About Flying

George Hobica | Posted 03.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

What happens when airlines cancel not just flights but entire routes? And will a drop in airfare lead to a partial refund? Airfarewatchdog answers these tough questions about flying.

Can You Inherit Frequent Flyer Miles?

George Hobica | Posted 03.07.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

When Martha Toomey's husband Oscar died, she happened to know the user name and password to his Delta frequent flyer account -- and has been helping herself ever since to his 500,000-plus SkyMiles.

PHOTOS: If Logos Were Honest: Redux

Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts

By now you should be familiar with Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz and his hilarious series of "Honest Logos." Hertz takes familiar brands an...

Experts Answer Your Questions About Flying

George Hobica | Posted 03.04.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Have a question about air travel or airfares? We answer as many as we can, including these about cheap destinations and what to do when your bag goes missing.

Occupy Heaven

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

If it doesn't take too much imagination to conceive of a Hell of our own making, then maybe we can imagine a Heaven that's crafted by human hands as well.

Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.27.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

There is a paradigm shift underway toward a sustainable, renewable economy. At its core will be a new form of consumerism and new modes of production.

Boosting Sales by Giving Customers What They Don't Need

Ravi Dhar | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Ravi Dhar

As both retail bundling and self-gifting increase in popularity -- and this is most definitely the case among major online retailers -- it's time to start thinking seriously about what the customer doesn't need, and at what price he doesn't need it.

The Changing Face of Change

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Marian Salzman

As we fade to gray in 2012, it's due in no small part to the tearing down of traditions and an end of entitlement gone extreme.