It All Comes Back to the Sex Pistols

Greil Marcus, author of Mystery Train, widely acclaimed as the best book ever written about America as seen through its music, began work on this new book out of a fascination with the Sex Pistols: that scandalous antimusical group, invented in London in 1975 and dead within two years, which sparked the emergence of the … Continue reading It All Comes Back to the Sex Pistols

The Post Privacy Era

We move through the world in a shroud of personal digital records, from credit card transactions to parking tickets. Data surveillance is infiltrating our daily routines. We are defined by our data. We all live in the "datasphere". The datasphere is composed of television, radio, newspapers, magazines, cell phones, voice mail, email, databases, SMS, blogs... … Continue reading The Post Privacy Era

Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart; Do we really need a gallon jar of pickles?

We consume a variety of resources and products today, moving beyond basic needs to include luxury items and technological innovations. Such consumption beyond minimal and basic needs is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. However, increasingly, there are important issues around consumerism that need to be understood. For example: How are the … Continue reading Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart; Do we really need a gallon jar of pickles?