July 15, 2012, 10:19 am
In a post on Disney’s wedding industrial and ideological complex over at Bitch, Michael Braithwaite writes about weddings and how to make them good. For instance, Braithwaite writes that weddings with themes are good since
Themes are an excellent way to incorporate some imagination and a little wonder into adult life, which is maybe why theme weddings have become a bit of “thing” in the last couple of decades, with people getting married on the ocean floor, while rock climbing, etc. I’ve had friends whose weddings followed the theme of their first date, or a particularly meaningful trip taken together. It’s fun! But, more importantly, theme weddings are a great way to reflect something special about the couple—to aesthetically, visually, and atmospherically reinforce what makes a relationship unique. To clarify: Theme weddings are different from package weddings, which are like…
February 15, 2012, 9:50 am
Driving to work yesterday, I was feeling that Valentine’s Day depression that is wont to come upon me on February 14. It’s not just the cliche storyline of boy meets girl, boy buys girl stuff, boy and girl eat dinner, and so it is that love becomes incorporated into the market that gets me down. It is the sinking sense that there is no way to ever escape this story.
So it was that I drove by the church with the billboard that said “Jesus is God’s Valentine to You” and smirked with the ironic distance of my truly analytical feminist brain. But that smirk was quickly wiped off my face as I listened in on a local radio station’s Valentine’s Day special: a real live wedding. Of course it was incredibly predetermined in its presentation—the young high-school friends who were meant to be together but went their separate ways, reunited on Facebook, now marrying live on the radio. Of course…
October 4, 2011, 11:21 am
My last post was about how the mainstream media was ignoring the Occupy Wall Street campaign. Of course, that was then. Now they cannot shut up about it. Suddenly Occupy Wall Street is important.
All it took was 700 people arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, a viral video on Youtube of champagne- drinking, rich folks laughing and snapping photos of the protesters, and the spread of protests into other cities including Washington, D.C., Boston, and even Prague.
Funny. Twenty Tea Partiers gather with some crazy signs and the mainstream media is all over it. But thousands gather to say the system is broken and very little is written about it for the first several weeks. But now that the mainstream media has finally noticed what may end up being the American Autumn, they are noticing it in a very patterned and predictable way. According to many media outlets, the real problem with the…
February 17, 2011, 12:04 pm
Is it Egypt yet? It oughta be. Because income inequality is greater in the U.S. than in Egypt. And as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer in America, discontent gets written into our DNA. Revolution starts to seem like a pretty good idea. And the “anything is better than Mubarak” easily translates into ”anything is better than Wall St.”
A recent article in the Daily Kos put pictures to the reality of the growing wealth gap in the U.S. The median income in the U.S. is $29,000, but a small fraction of Americans are making hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars a year. That top 1% control 33.8% of the wealth; add the next 9% and you’re up to over 70% of the wealth.
If we only listen to the corporate controlled media, we might believe that Americans are fine with the way things are and that the only protests that exist are those of the Tea Party. But things are…