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February 25, 2008

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Fatherflot

Great post, Trouble. I was going to guess David Brooks for the original source, after all, he invented "bobos," "crunchy conservatives" and "patio man." But of course this kind of trendspotting idiocy has now infected the entire paper and affiliated institutions like the New Yorker (James Wolcott had a great line about Malcolm Gladwell---"he markets marketing.").

By the way, I just happen to be reading a fabulous book on the history of marketing and advertising in the US called "Fables of Abundance" by the Rutgers historian Jackson Lears. Highly recommended.

jenjen

"why do we need to be working toward a merit badge and do this in a group"
Uh, because without other people to compare yourself to, how would you know just how inferior you are and how guilty you should feel?

Bronwyn C.

Why are you reading the New York Times?

Less Lee Moore

This is all very true. I had to laugh about the vinegar-and-water cleaner. I read about this method in an old "Hints by Heloise" book and started using it a few weeks ago. I'll never go back to chemical cleaners again, I tell ya.

butofcourse

Trouble, did you miss the article on psychological persuasion by mimicry in the NYTimes of February 12, 2008?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/health/12mimic.html?nl=8hlth&emc=hltha1

butofcourse

Trouble, did you miss the article on psychological persuasion by mimicry in the NYTimes of February 12, 2008?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/health/12mimic.html?nl=8hlth&emc=hltha1

trouble

thanks for the heads up on the article on mimicry. I am mimicking someone right now...

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