Tag Archive: consumerism

DEARTH OF THE COOL

A NEO-RETRO COCKTAIL PARTY, where there stands the hosts, a très chic couple, he with vinyl, she with martini. Out of his usual solitary habitat, an artsy type, an anti-chic wannabe Beatnik, sits… Continue reading

IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES…

“… it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was… Continue reading

CONSUMING DESIRES

The above image is based on a pen and ink work from 1987 concerning being held captive by one’s consuming desires. Back then you were defined by what you owned and displayed. You… Continue reading

CAPITAL PAINS

There’s no community left; we live alone in our homes—if we are lucky enough to have them. We have neighbors, but they are not like us. They are not from around here, either… Continue reading

SUBSISTENCE COOKERY

We are social creatures—so they say—especially so when we eat. There we demonstrate our willingness and ability to maintain friendship and community. And for most of our species’ existence friendships and communities were… Continue reading

WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

YOU CAN CERTAINLY SAY that’s the way it is today, The world seems turned upside down compared to the way it was in the 60s, 50s, the 18 or 1690s, even—you pick your… Continue reading

CONSPICUOUS COMBUSTION

Quite some time ago, in a previous gilded age, socio-economist Thorstein Veblen came up with term “conspicuous consumption” to describe the spending by the nouveau riche of their discretionary income/wealth to advertise their… Continue reading

CONSUMING CONSUMERS

It’s not artificial intelligence that will spark a singularity, but artificial consumption. That’s the scenario here at Wild Caught Farms. Computers produce useful stuff. They are created by other computers. And they are… Continue reading

BOX AMERICANA

Pax Americana? No, more like pox, pox Americana. Poxed in a box Americans. You say, per Lee Greenwood, “And I’m proud to be an American / Where at least I know I’m free”… Continue reading

I-BYZANTIUM

Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity. (W. B. Yeats 1933) We tend… Continue reading