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Cultural Appropriation

Mona R. Washington | Posted 02.18.2014 | 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.

Craft

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

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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?

The Day of Commercial Love

Misha Lyuve | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

Not sure whether Valentine's Day originated with much meaning in the first place, but it has definitely turned into a holiday of commercial love, sprinkled with heart-shaped candies, plastic teddy bears and silk roses -- doesn't all this just make you wanna throw up?

Commercialized Sexualization and the Option to Opt Out

Susan Linn | Posted 10.25.2011 | Parents
Susan Linn

The commercialized sexualization that normalizes turning toddlers into teenagers harms children's health and well-being.

Synonymous With Entertainment: Branded Content and Why it Works

Mia R. Benenate | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Mia R. Benenate

"Branding" entertainment allows a company to target its audience and give a specific message, often imbedded within the programming in original and interesting ways.

Commercializing the Public Good

Mark Rosenman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business
Mark Rosenman

We need a society in which our government and our people embrace responsibility for the common good and in which altruism and philanthropy are more a motivation in supporting charitable activity than in the profit-seeking greed of capital markets.

The Danger of Industrial Optimism: The Challenger Syndrome

Terry Newell | Posted 07.23.2011 | Green
Terry Newell

We must prove something is unsafe, that it will damage human health or the environment, before we can stop it. For the Challenger crew, that was tragic. For us as a nation, it could be catastrophic.

John Dunsworth of Trailer Park Boys on Liquor and Politics

Ben Evans | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Evans

These are some truly choice answers taken from an audio interview I recently did with Canadian actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey in the famed Trailer Park Boys TV/movie franchise.

'Tis The Season for Obligatory Giving

Laurenne Sala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Laurenne Sala

My boyfriend once gave me a watch for Christmas. I broke up with him. I hate watches. Boyfriends are supposed to know if their girlfriends are scared of time.

What's This Year's Thanksgiving Message?

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

It might appear a bit jarring to some to be engaged in such a furious debate over the controversial airport patdowns at a time intended for celebration. Does this represent the state of our country today?

Mythology, Media and the Future of Hinduism

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Hindu myths have survived much over the centuries. In the present day, mythology may not seem overtly in danger of extinction, but it will have to be thought through carefully to remain as vibrant and vital as it has been.

Valentines Day -- What Would You Think About Without Marketing?

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dave Johnson

It's Valentines Day. Did you buy a card, candy or flowers? It's just marketing. Have you ever wondered what you would think about if your whole li...