Posts Tagged: democracy

Shopping Culture Evolution

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Apparently, consumerism is just a contextual framework away from being considered a symbol of democracy. And, it’s not only considered a “cornerstone of democracy,” by some people, but a “civic obligation in American society.”

Giuliani was big into this idea back in 2001, following the September 11th terrorist attacks, even saying, “’Freedom to shop is one of the fundamental liberties terrorists want to deprive us of.’” Fast-forward to the start of the recession back in 2008 and participating in the fashion industry via consumerism was economically encouraged.

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Sunday Politics

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A new documentary paints Italy as “a democracy of boobs (in all senses).”

How does one “explain the gay” in terms of evolution? (via The Daily Dish)

“That’s not what countries think of when they go to war.” Why no one ever cleans up the environmental mess they make after sending their citizens off to kill each other.

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Not the Greatest Villains Then Living in the World

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The other week, The New Yorker published an excellent article by Caleb Crain about the peculiar economics and politics of life aboard a pirate ship in the 17th and 18th centuries. When the captain of an English slave ship was captured by pirates in 1719, his crew begged the pirates to spare his life, since they “never were with a better man.” Thus he lived to tell the tale (and write it up).

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Newspapers dying? Maybe it’s just the cities they mythologized

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An interview on New American Media with writer Richard Rodriguez has a fascinating take on what’s happening to American newspapers. Using the famously provincial San Francisco Chronicle as an example, Rodriguez says,  ”I don’t think the Chronicle is dying so much as I think that San Francisco is dying.”

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