Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I wanted to type up my favorite passages for further use and thought I would just make it accessable for any interested.
From Satisfaction Guaranteed by Susan Strasser 1989:
"Few consumers are familiar with either production or distribution processes; few consider their consumptin choices as matters of cultural or political importance. The marketplce is an arena of everyday life that most people accept uncritically--though perhaps sardonically--and think about as little as possible. . . Americans have become curiously comfortable with the idea that advertising manipulates them. . . The manipulation issue diverts attention from far more serious questions of power. . . More important, although twentieth-century rhetoric has conflated democracy with an abundance of consumer goods, the fundemental decisions about production are made on a one dollar-- one vote basis. Poor people are disenfranchised; in a culture of individuals who define themselves through products and product images, they hardly rate as people. . . On a systemic level, economic growth through marketing-driven production is fueled by waste: extravagant packaging, disposables, planned obsolescence and styling changs that create markets for replacement products. . . The ecological consequences of unlimited market creation demand a public discource about matters generally considered private: the things people buy and use every day, the ways they spend their time, the ways they percieve their needs. Although personal, our buying habits are not wholly private: they have public sources and public consequences. The mythology of consumption insists that consumers are kings and queens, that industry exists to serve us. Indeed, humble people do excercise choices and enjoy comforts available only to royalty in previous centuries. . . . But a belief in progress is more difficult to sustain in the face of environmental destruction, of market segmentation that codifies increasing class distinctions, and of a consumer culture that itself breeds constant discontent, depending always on individuals wanting more. Despte shopping malls full of things to buy, we are denied satsifaction that we identify--and romanticize--in our own past and in the activities of other human cultures: a sense of community, meaningful work, and time not consumbed by getting and spending."
Wasn't that splendid? sigh.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
"I just came from having a conversation with dad and my friends.I have discovered that I have a special love for some names that I don't even want you to think about stealing just because I'm the youngest and am not close to having these 29 kids:
4. Andrew Grant
9. Gwyneth (Gwyn)
13. Margarette (Meg)
There. As you can tell, I may just have to put some of these too normal of names as middle names ;)
I later added that Andrew and Grant could be seperated and also:
So last year before I had even started dating Stephen, I had made a list of names for all my children. I have checked my old blog and I can't find that posting anywhere. I don't know how I could have possibly deleted it. Anyways, I can only remember a few, so here they are:
- Gwyn (this has been outlawed by STephen)
- Edward (this has been outlawed due to Twilight)
- Gabriel (though Robin and Nathan have dibs on this one, even if I did write home saying if he got baptizied I'd name a child after him)
- Eliza (too bad Mary, you had your chance with both Abby and Maddy)
look how my memory is failing me! I had some awfully good ones, I'm so disapointed I can't find it anywhere in the archives.
Here are the latst editions that like the first list, do not necessarily have Stephen's approval
- Francis Webster
- Mary Elizabeth
- Marcus (doesn't Marcus Cranney sound nice)
I'm going to my 18th week checkup on Monday. I most likely won't find out the gender then, unless the doctor has mercy on my inablity to have patience to see if Kumkuat is growing at all and orders an ultrasound earlier. Anyway, go ahead and add your suggestions for names for both a boy and a girl otherwise a Wilberforce is what you get.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Oh, and I also have my very first stretch mark (from pregnancy that is, I already had some from my time spent in bratwurst land). Since I have another 40 pounds to gain, I'm sure that won't be the last stretch mark either.
I'm particularly happy about this because I've had a hard time gaining weight (I am suppose to have gained 10 pounds already and only today have I found that I have gained a pound) and I've been worrying about starving my child. Thus, when all of a sudden this morning I was showing, I was particularly pleased. Of course, it may not be the baby that is showing, but all the Ensure I've been drinking that has made me look like an old lady. oh well. live long.
While Stephen claims that his major studying dictators and genocides should qualify for the most depressing, I'm afraid studying consumption and advertising is much worse for me, perhaps because I cannot distance myself from it or because it is so much more subtle and damning in its effects. Rarr.
I think I'm going back into my Gandhi phase and I might go a little extreme for a while. Wait, maybe not since I just spent 90 bucks on groceries last night. So much for trying to eat healthy.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Me and James. Yes, thanks to Ruth sending a picture of me and James, I will memorialize him (and myself) on this honorable blog. Isn't he a looker?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
So the whole Mark McDonald clan met up this last week, unfortunately there was an embarassing lack of bagpipes, kilts, and pictures. You'll just have to trust me when I say my family is cuter than yours and has bigger calves. There were only 2 days of overlap with everyone there (except for Amme who had her tonsil's out), but I think it will come to a 3 week total of family chaos. What a dream come true.