Just thinking of trends and wondering if decorations for the holidays will be cut back in our feeling of austerity. Is under-the-top going to be the way to go? Well, anyway, my decorations aren't up. But here are other trends I've noticed...
- This morning I clicked into something VERY clever: NYTimes technology columnist David Pogue's gadget-choosing advice. His Pogue-O-matic is the cleverest online story/advice column and the way he has illustrated this personally is pretty darn cool and anyway, Pogue is fun to watch if you don't even look at the gadets. As far as media trend stories, this is a step worth noticing.
- Over Thanksgiving my children went to the teen vampire flick and pop-culture juggernaut Twilight which seemed like Sex and the City to pull in the females. A cultural take (go to the link for more on the morality slant): "This not the first time vampires in pop culture have been a perfect expression of the currents and anxieties of their time. In fact, one might argue that that is their purpose. With immortality, a killer instinct, and a life on the fringes, Vampires are a perfect conduit for musings on the human condition."
- Mullato Mutts: After our Golden Retreiver Hallelujah died we weren't interested in dogs and my son wants us to get a shelter dog mutt. I've looked into the cultural trend of designer dogs called hybrids. Labradoodles and puggles are the most popular and there are now over 400 hybrids registered w/ the American Canine Hybrid Club. Will Obama's selection show his cultural duality perspective, too, and fuel this trend?
- From Global Trends 2025: the whole international system—as constructed following WWII—will be revolutionized and ...with 1.5 billion more people, will put pressure on resources—particularly energy, food, and water—raising the specter of scarcities emerging as demand outstrips supply. Water is becoming a huge issue in Santa Fe already and the pollutants from fracing technology in drilling for natural gas is a concern in the Southwest.
- The soft power of American Culture started with the Hollywood movies (more Hollywood tickets are sold outside of the U.S. than within it) and continues on its long roll even while opinions of America or American power has declined. One example of our cultural influence: The television program “CSI” is now more popular in France than in the United States.
Dogumentary most popular film: Santa Fe's film festival started this week and the most popular film is Weiner Takes All: A Dogumentary and I think it is about racing dauchsunds.
Off to check out the films and get decorations up. Cultural Cheers!