Consumption is partly about pleasure: chocolate tastes good, silk feels soft and so on. But it is also about showing off, and what is deemed bragworthy has changed dramatically over time. In the 1950s it was about “keeping up with the Joneses”—amassing as much new stuff as your neighbours. Today everyone in the rich world has a washing machine, so people increasingly seek to advertise their hipness or virtue instead. Rather than buying their clothes from predictable European fashion houses, they trawl the world for exotic designs from Brazilian favelas or South African townships.
Because the milk was thin and had an unnatural, bluish tint, vendors stirred in additives such as chalk, flour, eggs, and Plaster-of-Paris.
Huge shifts in the workforce demand real-world changes in management practices; “command-and-control” no longer cuts it.
"When Harry Met Sally" lied to you.
Humanity is never fully in control of its creations. This lesson from Mary Shelley has remained relevant for over 200 years.
There are issues with Kinsey's data, but his books revolutionized Americans' thinking about sex and sexuality.