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Turns Out, Meal Kits Might Not Suck for the Planet

For the past few years, I’ve watched the rising popularity of meal kits from companies like Blue Apron and HelloFresh with deepening skepticism. Stuffed with refrigerator packs and individually wrapped ingredients, festooned with farm-to-table marketing and recycling symbols, these conveniently packaged dinners seemed…Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Agriculture, Blue Apron, Consumerism, Meal Kits


The secondary ticketing market is worth $15 billion. How long will fans have to pay?

The secondary ticketing market is predicted to grow to $15.19 billion next year. Artists, athletes, management, and venues see none of this revenue—it all goes to scalpers and ticketing agencies.Some companies are likely in breach of anti-trust laws, but no one seems to be regulating the industry. None Nils Frahm hit another level in an already impressive career when recently performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The German composer and producer has played in clubs and festivals for years. Pr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Politics, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Supreme Court, Entertainment, Time Warner, Obama, Trust, Elizabeth Warren, Standard Oil, Innovation, Broadway


My month trying out Marie Kondo's Method

Marie Kondo's 2014 book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, has sold over 9 million copies. The Japanese organizer's success has turned into a popular Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.De-cluttering your home has an emotional resonance, says Kondo. None A bad habit: I tend to avoid popular trends. While it saves me the hassle of terrible pop music and "influencer" nonsense, gems slip by. I was aghast when the KonMari Method first appeared in 2014. Clean up your room? Spark joy? Trea...
Tags: Europe, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mindfulness, Netflix, Animation, Innovation, Manhattan, Simplicity, Consumerism, Salvation Army, Jersey, Personal Growth, Derek, Kurosawa


The colossal problem with universal basic income

Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff. Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies. Team Human b...
Tags: Money, Automation, Work, Politics, Policy, Social change, Humanity, Capitalism, Economics, Consumerism, Inequality, Universal basic income


Are you an overbuyer or an underbuyer?

Overbuyers are people who love to buy — they stockpile things as a result. These are individuals who are prone to run out of space in trying to store their stuff and they may even lose track of what — and how much of what — they have.One way overbuyers can limit their waste, both money and space wise, is by storing items at the store, and then buy them when they really need them.Underbuyers tend to go to extraordinary lengths to not buy things. They save money and do fewer errands, however, they...
Tags: Happiness, Hack, Innovation, Simplicity, Consumerism, Self, Personal Growth


A belief in meritocracy is not only false: it’s bad for you

'We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …' Barack Obama, inaugural address, 2013 'We must create a level playing field for American companies and workers.' Donald Trump, inaugural address, 2017Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life – money, power, jobs, university admission – should be distri...
Tags: Work, Business, UK, Money, Microsoft, Government, US, Barack Obama, Society, Capitalism, Bill Gates, Netherlands, Innovation, Morality, Donald Trump, Consumerism


Discount store produce as healthy as counterparts in Whole Foods

Fourteen percent of Americans currently live in a food desert with little access to fresh fruits and vegetables.A new study in Las Vegas food deserts shows that dollar discount stores offer produce equal in quality to chain grocers.While food availability in discount stores is an issue, these stores beat chains in terms of price. None The term "food desert" signifies areas with limited access and resources to healthy food. In general, they are low-income areas located at least one mile away fro...
Tags: Health, Resources, Usda, Economics, Poverty, Innovation, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Inequality, Consumerism, Derek, Wendell Pierce, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, University of Nevada, Sterling Farms, Courtney Coughenour


Is Spotify spying on you?

Spotify Teardown claims that the streaming service is sending (and receiving) much more than music.The authors contend that the service is engaged in emotional manipulation given their playlist emphasis. Music is only the surface layer of a much larger data collection and advertising infrastructure. Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (The MIT Press) by now at amazone --> List Price: $19.95 ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Music, Technology, Entertainment, America, Neuroscience, Innovation, Algorithm, Consumerism, Alexa, Derek, Martin Lorentzon, Facebook Google Apple


How Spotify manipulates your emotions and sells your data

Spotify Teardown claims that the streaming service is sending (and receiving) much more than music.The authors contend that the service is engaged in emotional manipulation given their playlist emphasis. Music is only the surface layer of a much larger data collection and advertising infrastructure. Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (The MIT Press) by now at amazone --> List Price: $19.95 ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Music, Technology, Entertainment, America, Neuroscience, Innovation, Algorithm, Consumerism, Alexa, Derek, Martin Lorentzon, Facebook Google Apple


Wettiko, the mythological consumer

Reading Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human recently, I came across an anecdote about early European settlers and the way they were perceived by Native American cultures. Rushkoff puts it this way: On encountering the destructiveness of European colonialists, Native Americans concluded that the invaders must have a disease. They called it wettiko: a delusional belief that […]
Tags: Future, Consumerism, Douglas Rushkoff, Rushkoff, Wettiko


A Crowdfunded Idea to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now a $35-Million Nonprofit. Scientists Still Don't Think It'll Work

A skinny young man with a mop of dark hair takes the stage at a 2012 TEDx event. His name is Boyan Slat and he’s on a mission to rid the ocean of plastic. The audience listens in rapt silence as 18 year-old Slat lays out his concept for a device that captures plastic garbage passively before diverting it into a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Oceans, Plastic, Consumerism, Marine Biology, Boyan Slat, Plastic Pollution, The Ocean Cleanup, Slat


Watch William Gibson predict internet culture way back in 1997

In 1984, science fiction author William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace" in his debut novel Neuromancer (which he wrote on a typewriter).In a 1997 interview with the BBC, he said we should respond to new technologies with "profound ambivalence." While he doesn't think his original vision of the internet has come to life, he might have been premature given the centralization of power of the digital world. None In 1996, William Gibson published the second book of his Bridge trilogy. Idoru tel...
Tags: Facebook, Identity, Internet, Data, Bbc, Computers, Innovation, William Gibson, Consumerism, Alexa, Derek, Andrew, Gibson, West Germany, Neil Postman, Woolley


China's double boom: From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Sell to China'

China is no longer an impoverished manufacturer of the world's products; it is a major consumer market of 1.4 billion people.When its manufacturing boom hit a wall, China changed tactics and invested heavily in consumerism at home – a second boom that will make China king.Global brands are desperate for a piece of China's $5 trillion private consumer market. Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America by now at amazone --> Lis...
Tags: Money, China, America, Markets, Investment, Economics, Capitalism, Innovation, Consumerism


How to handle the stress when you see your 401k savings dip

I check my finances, including my 401K, every single day. Every. Single. Day. My financial fixation stems from my mother's obsessive preoccupation with prioritizing saving over spending. She had several economic edicts on repeat throughout my childhood: Earn a dollar. Spend 50 cents. Save 50 cents; It's not how much you make, it's how much you keep. Unlike many Americans, my older brother and I were taught — forced — to resist our consumerist urges. I constantly witnessed my mom wringing her han...
Tags: Money, Savings, Aging, Happiness, Innovation, Consumerism, Lowry, Personal Growth, Goal-setting, Don, Vanguard, Sabatier, Grant Sabatier, Erin Lowery


Thanks To “Surveillance Capitalism,” The Googleplex Knows What You’ll Buy Next

Careful where and what you click. Every keystroke you make is evidence. If you’re not comfortable with being spied on every time you open a window, I highly suggest you spend some time with this brilliant article by John Naughton in The Guardian. I would say that it is an eye-opening exploration of our lost privacy, […] The post Thanks To “Surveillance Capitalism,” The Googleplex Knows What You’ll Buy Next appeared first on Adpulp.
Tags: Google, Privacy, Advertising, Data, Consumerism, John Naughton, Industry Analysis


Noam Chomsky: Writer, linguist... anarchist?

Anarchism is usually connected to violence and chaos, but as a philosophy, its tenets are more nuanced than mere destruction for destruction's sake.It may surprise some to find out that Noam Chomsky, famous for his innovations in linguistics and philosophy, describes himself as an anarchist.Whether you agree with him or not, understanding anarchism can lead to a better understanding of our society and its politics. None What comes to mind when we think of an anarchist? Most likely, it's some pun...
Tags: Activism, Government, Economics, Society, George Orwell, Capitalism, Innovation, Inequality, Consumerism, Orwell, Churchill, Noam Chomsky, Chomsky, U S Defense Department, Mohandas Gandhi


The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future

Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should aspire.More than half of the world's population now lives in cities. Yet with the global economy already in gross ecological overshoot, and a world population heading for more than 11 billion, this way of living is neither fair nor sustainable. To live within our environmental means, the richest nations will need to embrace a planned process of economic “degrowth"....
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Economics, Sustainability, Society, Capitalism, Innovation, Brendan Gleeson, Consumerism, Suburbia, James Kunstler, Ronald Inglehart, Retrosuburbia, Samuel Alexander Research


Income equality is getting worse. Can the co-op model solve this problem?

The cooperative model accounts for $154B every year in America.America leads the world with cooperatives, with over 30,000 businesses operating under this model. Co-op advocate Nathan Schneider believes this model can help level the economic playing field. What is a Co-operative? Nathan Schneider plays a game at strip malls. The activist-journalist and University of Colorado Boulder media studies professor tries to guess how many businesses were directly or indirectly inspired by co-ops. Th...
Tags: Work, Home Depot, Technology, Congress, Colorado, America, Investment, Bank Of America, Innovation, Manufacturing, Consumerism, Derek, Schneider, America America, Nathan Schneider, Dee Hock


How to Sell an Unwanted Gift Card

Gift cards are an almost inconceivably huge industry. Americans spent $160 billion on them in 2018 alone, which means the secondary market is both lucrative and totally overwhelming—especially right after the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year. If you have a weird gift card to sell or trade, here’s what you need…Read more...
Tags: State Laws, Gifts, Lifehacks, Consumerism, Gift Cards, Resell


What Are Your Kids Gift Expectations?

I hear people complain that they have to buy expensive things for their kids because it’s what they (the kids) expect. Some don’t know what they are going to do this holiday season as times might be tight for them. How are we going to get little Johnny the latest (insert expensive popular toy here)?!? Here’s what I say – Don’t!! Where do your kids get their expectations from? Do they get them from friends? From television? Those are influences but not the real source. Children get their expectat...
Tags: Personal Finance, Holidays, Marketing, Debt, Gifts, Consumerism, Jones, Don, Johnny, Peter Anderson


5 holidays to celebrate this year that aren’t Christmas

Christmas is an all consuming holiday, celebrated even in cultures where Christianity never took root. However, some people just can't take it anymore. Some of them even invented new holidays as alternatives. While some of the holidays are celebrated half jokingly, they all offer an escape from an often overbearing Christmas season. Christmas can be maddening. Between the endless barrage of tacky songs, rampant commercialization, and saccharin sentimentality, some of us can't wait for it to end....
Tags: Religion, Innovation, Sun, Humor, Wisconsin, Atheism, Isaac Newton, Happy Holidays, Consumerism, Newton, Jim Doyle, Skeptic s Society, New Jersey Humanist Network, Gary Brill, Dan O Keefe Festivus


Making Room for the True Gift of Christmas

I have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. I love the shimmering beauty and festive spirit of Christmas: the sparkling lights, the joy-filled carols, the alluring packages carefully arranged under a twinkling tree. What I don’t love so much is the heavy weight of expectation I place on myself to make the holidays bright and meaningful for those around me. Over the past few years, as I’ve delved into the minimalism movement and embraced simplicity in my home and schedule, I’ve become awar...
Tags: Inspiration, Christmas, Gifts, Jesus, Gift Giving, Consumerism, Minimalism


Dear elites: Did you learn your lesson?

A globalized, interconnected world doesn't necessarily work for everyone... especially on the rural (and hyper-local) levels. While many got massively rich from technology and globalized trade it left many feeling locked out. Anand focuses on the rise of Trump and the huge popularity of Bernie Sanders to highlight the fact that the majority aren't satisfied with the current state of capitalism. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changi...
Tags: Money, Democracy, Government, Economics, Capitalism, Innovation, Globalization, Consumerism, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Anand


Stay Home on Black Friday

Ragging on Black Friday is possibly more popular than actually shopping on the consumer “holiday.” We all know by now that doorbusters aren’t really the great deals they’re heralded as and a discounted TV isn’t worth trampling someone over (at least, I hope we all know that).Read more...
Tags: Money, Sales, Lifehacks, Consumerism, Black Friday 2018


Receipt checkers aren't there to catch shoplifters

You're wheeling your haul out of Costco only to be accosted by the receipt-checker at the exit. You're fine, though, because you're not shoplifting anything. That slightly annoying feeling that the store assumes you're a criminal, it turns out, is tragically unwarranted, because those guys don't even care if you're shoplifting. In fact, the receipt-checkers are some kind of internal store Gestapo keeping tabs on the checkout cashiers. Writes one former employee: “Trust me, we’re not loss prev...
Tags: Video, News, Cops, Consumerism, Costco, Bring The Receipts


Samsung unveils foldable phone prototype

Samsung has been developing a flexible, foldable smartphone for years.The prototype unveiled Wednesday isn't quite the finished product some had hoped to see, but it offered a glimpse at how its long-awaited foldable phone will work when released, likely in 2019.Samsung also announced other device upgrades, including a new user interface and changes to its virtual assistant Bixby.Samsung unveiled a prototype of its new flexible display and other product upgrades at its annual developers conferen...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Business, Technology, Samsung, San Francisco, Computers, Innovation, Ai, Consumerism, Dave Burke, Bixby, Bixby Samsung, Bixby Developer Studio, Infinity Flex, Justin Denison Samsung


Halloween history: The ancient origins of these dark traditions

Halloween was influenced heavily by Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions.The holiday has always celebrated the strange and scary, but festivities as we know them have changed over the years.Current Halloween traditions were brought by immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century.Halloween is a holiday that's celebrated every year on October 31st. While its tradition in the United States is felt everywhere, from horror films in our cinemas, weekend house-party revelers and kids tr...
Tags: Europe, England, Religion, America, History, Earth, United States, Innovation, Celtic, Jack, Consumerism, Pomona, Robert Burns, Roman Empire, Samhain, Gregory III