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Dissent and deviance at Occupy Vancouver

I’m still unsure about the Occupy movement. I see that, in the United States, it represents a profound discord among Americans who feel frustrated with the financial meltdown and the current administration’s response to it. My smart American peers hope that the protests will coalesce into a Tea Party of…

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Best Che Guevara T-Shirt Ever

I was walking downtown on Saturday and saw a skinny teenage boy proudly sporting this awesome t-shirt: It immediately reminded me of The Rebel Sell–a clever spin on a tired cliche. That photo is courtesy of blogging accordionist Joey deVilla, who spotted it in a Toronto shop back in June.

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Those Dove Ads Are Penance

I get the feeling that those Dove ads are much newer in the US than in Canada. We’ve had them for, what, a year up here? Regardless, via Boing Boing, here’s an insightful analysis about how unreal those ‘real curves’ still are. Sure, their underwear is kind of drab, but…

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The Popularity of the Term ‘Diva’

‘Diva’, coming from the Latin for ‘goddess’ (see also ‘divine’), traditionally referred to a woman opera singer or, secondarily, an arrogant or temperamental woman. Yet, over the past five years, it’s been appropriated by nearly every sector of women’s products, from shoes to dolls to feminine hygiene products. Clearly, the…

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Conventional Wisdom and CD Sales

Bill from Marginalia makes a great point about conventional wisdom. He takes issue with a quote from this Time Canada article about The Arcade Fire: As illegal online file sharing and CD copying translate into diminished sales, the big companies complain they have little extra cash to gamble on new…

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All Marketers are Apparently Liars

Tell me something I don’t know. Seth Godin has a new, provocatively-titled book and, of course, a new blog. He points to an interesting case of duplicity from Visa: Eric Myers points out this nefarious fraud. The catch? Even though it seems embossed, there is no credit card inside. It’s…

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Buy Nothing Day: Don’t Believe the Hype

This Friday is Buy Nothing Day. From Adbusters, the originators of the idea: For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not participate — in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that’s become our culture. We pause. We make a small choice not to…

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They Wanna Sap Your Energy, Incarcerate Your Mind

As regular readers know, I’m drinking the Rebel Sell koolaid at the moment. So, you’re in for a few anti-counter-culture rants. Here’s the first. BoingBoing links to a text file entitled mashtheplanet. In it, Phillip Torrone issues a call to arms to music mixers: the solution to end this madness?…

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