Enlightenment on Our “Institutions of Enlightment”

As emboldened student protests at the University of Missouri, Yale, and UC Berkley rise to national attention, students across the US are revitalizing their protests and updating their Facebook statuses all in the name of solidarity. The recent upheaval of Mizzou gives many students hope that their campuses are, too, about to change. But what … Continue reading Enlightenment on Our “Institutions of Enlightment”

Yeah. http://youtu.be/FOVaEawGNMMOpt Out & then Shut It Down

Wanna see a cool ads that came out late October 2015? Click here while I figure out how to embed video The campaign stands out. This apparently anti-Black Friday message, primarily conveyed through moving pictures of mystical clouds and pristine mountainsides is brought to you by outdoor gear retailer, REI. Have you visited the microsite? … Continue reading Yeah. http://youtu.be/FOVaEawGNMMOpt Out & then Shut It Down

Rebranding #UglyProduce

Everyone loves an underdog. Now fighting for better representation in the marketplace are ugly vegetables. Or rather, companies are creating a new market for cosmetically unpreferable produce. Just like it is with anything else, the aesthetics of produce usually determine their marketability. Bananas are carefully grown to be a specific consumer-preferred color (Pantone color 12-0752), … Continue reading Rebranding #UglyProduce

Smallness in our Food System

“Today, we suffer from an almost universal idolatry of gigantism. It is therefore necessary to insist on the virtues of smallness – where this applies. (If there were a prevailing idolatry of smallness, irrespective of subject or purpose, one would have to try and exercise influence in the opposite direction.)” —Small is Beautiful We know … Continue reading Smallness in our Food System

Complex Ways To Abstain From Donuts (and other Ecologically Guilty Pleasures)– Part 1

Are you a cynical consumer? If there’s one thought an advertising college course will hammer into you, it’s that today’s consumers are far less trusting than ever before. And yet, we are all constantly misinformed, and only sometimes are we actually perplexed at the vast extent of our unawareness. Case in point: on the subject … Continue reading Complex Ways To Abstain From Donuts (and other Ecologically Guilty Pleasures)– Part 1

Sapolsky & Saganization: Science and Public Intellectualism

If the ideal function of the public intellectual is to exercise criticism, scientists are well-equipped for the job. In “The Decline (?) of the Public Intellectual,” Mack concludes that public intellectuals should act as vanguards against mindless demogogy to ensure a healthy democracy… And who better to explain the importance of reflective judgement and dialectical … Continue reading Sapolsky & Saganization: Science and Public Intellectualism