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Are Affluents Angry, Too? in
This presidential election cycle has been marked by a shockingly angry electorate on both sides of the fence. Seems that voters are happy with very little. They're angry about jobs and taxes and Congress and police brutality and China and immigration policy and Wall Street and terrorism and free trade. To name but a few. A recent Esquire/NBC survey found that about half of all Americans are angrier today than they were a year ago. Are affluent Americans in the same boat?
Affluents And The Bourbon Boom in
If you haven't noticed, there's a boom in American whiskey right now. Led by bourbon, the category has grown 40% in the past decade, with revenue growth of 47% to $2.7 billion in 2014. The International Wine and Spirits Review forecasts 20% growth in the next five years. Supply can hardly keep up with demand, leading to shortages of the amber liquid in top markets across the country. And it's the favorite way for pop culture heavyweights to booze up, from Don Draper on "Mad Men" to Frank Underwood on "House of Cards" to Raylin Givins on "Justified." Like vodka and Scotch before it, bourbon is having its moment.
Do Affluents Care About The Wealth Gap? in
A hot potato in the Presidential election cycle is the issue of Income Inequality and the Wealth Gap. Though it's been simmering for some time, it comes into focus when confronted with the data points. The richest 1% of Americans make 20% of the income. The wealthiest 160,000 families have as much as the poorest 145 million families combined. And, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, since the recession began in 2007, spending power for middle income families has diminished while Affluent spending power has increased. It's likely these numbers - and the emotion behind them - will be repeated frequently as candidates fan out across the United States for primary and national elections.
The Anxiety Of Millennial Affluents in
Sure, we all know the Millennials. You know, the biggest generation ever. The ones so full of optimism and creativity. The ones obsessed with technology. The ones living with their parents. But not much attention is paid to the affluent ones, the ones with HHI at over $180k. Can we measure them with the same yardstick that we measure the rest of the 76.4 million of their generational cohorts? The answer is yes and no.
Sports And The Changing Face Of Masculinity in
When Kevin Durant accepted his MVP trophy, he said very little about himself. Instead, he singled out every one of his current Oklahoma City Thunder teammates and told them how much he appreciated them, how much he learned from them, and how much his success hinged on their contributions. He told Russell Westbrook, "I love you, man, I love you." Then, he looked at his mother and summarized his humble beginning, the circumstances of his upbringing, and told her that she was "the real MVP."
Is Trash-Talking Good Strategy? in
Check out any Fantasy Football message board, blacktop pickup basketball court, or "Call of Duty" battlefield, and you'll see the flourishing of an often-misunderstood emotional play: trash-talking. In these worlds, talking trash is an accepted - and acceptable - part of the game. Competitors poke and prod and insult each other in order to provoke a negative reaction and gain an advantage.
Writing The Marijuana Creative Brief in
As lines snaked outside marijuana dispensaries in Colorado on day one of legal weed, the themes of the day were obvious and cliche'd: stoners, bongs, the munchies.
Thanks, Awesome Technology, For Killing Our Awesome Slang in
After a very brief period in which I was instructed by BuzzFeed to learn why "Vintage Beer Commercials are Awesome," by Hooters to "#StepIntoAwesome," by Heavy.com to check out "10 Awesome UFC Fight Photos," and by Carl's Jr.'s Facebook page to check out how their "'Deals of Awesome' will help you get an awesome deal on an awesome meal," it occurred to me that I needed to take an awesome shower.
Go Ahead, Man, Lean In in
It's one of our cultural paradoxes that women's issues tend to be treated as a discrete subject that affects only half the population. And, while many men have probably heard about the hoopla surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In," it seems that very few have read it. An informal survey of 20 of my male colleagues found that zero men had read the book, and none planned to.
Calling Bullshit: Our New National Pastime in
It's 2010, and LeBron James sits on a stool in a room full of children ready to announce "The Decision" live on ESPN. Every narrative says he's staying in Cleveland: local boy, best player of his generation, beloved in the community, backed by a solid team and a popular new coach. Why would he get on TV just to break his fans' hearts?