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Joseph Kaminski

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December 15, 2017

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conspicuous consumption

Conspicuous Consumption and Continental Change

How did the production and consumption of consumer goods transform gender roles, race relations, and ideas about class, and how did Americans allow consumerism to affect social change? Production and consumption levels within the United States rose to all-time highs throughout the 20th century. Consumerism, on all fronts, became a massive part of day-to-day life.

Capitalism

Infrastructure, Transportation, and Mechanization: The Creative Destruction of the American System

From the period of 1790 – 2000, the United States had gone through a process of creative destruction, which essentially is the economic materialistic perspective of witnessing one way of life collapse in favor for a newer ideal. Joseph Schumpeter, author of Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, defined creative destruction as a “process of industrial mutation”,

positivism-and-interpretivism

Positivism and Interactionists and Whatnot

The idea behind subjectivity in sociological research being invalid is supported by positivists; positivism is a specific philosophical and sociological perspective that states that positive knowledge is based on natural phenomena, and therefore interactive studies that include participants along with the researcher are invalid. Information must be interpreted through reason and logic, coming from derived

The Meghan Trainor Controversy

Meghan Trainor made national headlines after her controversial music video “All About That Bass” became a viral sensation. But her breakthrough to fame is also the first of a string of hypocrisies and controversy that make up her musical career. From her lyrics to her choreography, Meghan Trainor has made rather vocal enemies on both sides of the social chart.

we want your soul

The Dark Side of Capitalism: ‘We Want Your Soul’

We live in a society that applauds war crimes but has skepticism towards healthcare. We live in a society that worries about people starving to death, yet lets corporations throw away thousands of pounds a food every day because they weren’t sold on time. We live in a society that is so greatly worried about resource management, yet allows oil companies to rob our environment of both life and resources. We live in a society that hates the idea of abortion yet also hates the idea of giving everyone the basic needs of life.

Me, Myself, and I Don’t Agree With Ben Widdicombe.

We live in a fantastic age for journalism. One where we can pick up fine letter print in the form of a tablet, read news off of cellular devices, and get up-to-date breaking news as irritating little buzzes on our hips. Sometimes the news isn’t that great, though. An article titled “What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace?” was posted by Ben Widdicombe on the New York Times not too long ago. I have a better title for you, Ben: “What Happens When A Member of Generation X Tries To Write About Millennials?”

If Twitter Changes Their Character Limit to 10,000…

In a world going through the final steps of globalization, social media platforms are turning into daily routine. Twitter, an online social networking service that was created in March 2006, has been dominating the recent surge of social media since the (beginning of the) collapse of Facebook, which should be losing 80% of its users by 2017. While the social platform game has drastically changed since the pioneering of cluttered sites like Myspace, which launched on August 1st, 2003, the gimmick of Twitter has (for the most part) stayed the same throughout its current lifespan.