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The Consumer as Cultist

An interesting, if brief, column in the most recent Atlantic: One of the hallmarks of a cult is that members unite to oppose what they see as an oppressive or illegitimate mainstream culture. Collaborative-economy companies—from Airbnb to the ride-sharing service Uber—have proved particularly savvy at exploiting this sense, and in so doing converting both merchants and […]

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Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Kanye West: Pelagian and Capitalist?

Normally I wouldn’t ask you to seriously contemplate the deeper meaning behind Kanye West, but a friend linked to this article on facebook, and it did get me thinking. Here are a few key quotes explaining what Kanye is up to: The concept of vanity is so rooted in the idea of a singular narcissist […]