Cultural Intelligence

By Rob Fields | At the intersection of marketing, business and contemporary culture. Curated by Rob Fields. http://robfields.com

Cher, Sofia Coppola and Winona Ryder Star in the Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 Campaign

Cher in the new Marc Jacobs ad by David Sims as seen in WWD today<p>A post shared by Katie Eleanor Grand (@kegrand) on May 27, 2015 at 4:58am PDT<p>*Scroll …

2014 Word of the Year: Culture

<i>Culture</i> is a big word at back-to-school time each year, but this year lookups extended beyond the academic calendar. The term conveys a kind of …

The Best Music Writing of 2014Insanul Ahmed, Associate Editor

50 Cent Is My Life Coach<br>by Zach Baron, <i>GQ</i><br>​May 27, 2014<p>The Shazam Effect​<br>by Derek Thompson, <i>The Atlantic</i><br>Nov 17, 2014<p>Revenue Streams <br>by John Seabrook, <i>New</i> …

How World Building Will Shape The Future Of Media And Business

Acclaimed production designer Alex McDowell and USC have joined forces on an interdisciplinary event and curriculum in world building, designed to inform the next generation of storytelling, urban planning, and business culture.<p>On an early Saturday morning, a small group of intrepid travelers …

Rio De Janeiro

Understanding “New Power”

We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.<p>There are those …

Harvard Business Review

The Value of Marketing: Where CMOs and CFOs Differ

CMOs and CFOs in many respects have widely differing views of the value of marketing, finds a new survey [download page] conducted in the UK by …

ANA 'embraces' total-market strategy

MIAMI: The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the industry body, is "embracing" total-market communications, a strategy that has rapidly …

Are Precations A Thing Now?

Have you heard of “precations?” Well, you’re among the large majority who hasn’t, but apparently it is a thing now.<p>No, not a trend yet, but a thing …

Infographic: New Superhero Movies Between Now And 2020

The <b>Warner Bros.</b> announcement on Wednesday of ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties neatly fills in a calendar of dates that the studio …

Youth and Brands: What's the Relationship?

Recent research has touched on the top-rated brand attributes among Millennials and how loyal these youth are to brands. A recent study from Havas …

Home of the Um, Land of the Uh: the Filler Words Dividing America

They're taboo for newsreaders and other public speakers, but the rest of us use filler words whenever our brain needs to catch up with whatever we're …

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the …

Mind

10 Things Americans Have Suddenly Stopped Buying

America is just not the clean-shaven, gun-buying, soda-drinking, Chef Boyardee-eating place it used to be<p>For a variety of reasons—including but not …

Guns

How the Jogger Pant Infiltrated Sneaker Culture

Looking fresh isn't just about sneakers anymore. It's about coordinating the rest of your outfit to complement the heat that's on your feet, but not …

What Beauty Looks Like, From Argentina to Vietnam

Esther Honig sent an untouched image to Photoshop designers around the world. She had one request: "Make me look beautiful."<p>It started with a self-portrait. Esther Honig sent a photograph of herself, lit simply and shot from the shoulders up, to a designer in Sri Lanka. She sent a simple request …

Sri Lanka

Here are the apps teens actually love, in 5 charts

Teens. Since the beginning of humanity, they’ve always represented what the future of humanity would look like. Now, thanks to a new survey, we have an idea of what kinds of websites, apps, and online services the future of humanity will enjoy– at least for the next few years of existence. Then, an …

Teens

Section 3: Political Polarization and Personal Life

Detailed Table: Preferred Community<p>Liberals and conservatives are divided over more than just politics. Those on the opposite ends of the ideological …

Craigslist Is My Music Scene

When people with no shared history make music together, it's both exhilarating and awkward.<p>In his speech celebrating the E Street Band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, bandleader Bruce Springsteen said something striking: "Real bands are made primarily from the …

Bruce Springsteen

Moms Design Action Figures to Empower Girls and Buck Stereotypes

UPPER WEST SIDE — Searching for female action heroes in toy stores and comic-book shops yields very little, and what does turn up are such …

The End of Food | The New Yorker

In December of 2012, three young men were living in a claustrophobic apartment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, working on a technology startup. They had received a hundred and seventy thousand dollars from the incubator Y Combinator, but their project—a plan to make inexpensive cell-phone …

Food

Film download prices 'to be determined by screen size'

<b>The cost of watching a newly released film will depend upon the size of the screen on which it is viewed in future, the head of Dreamworks Animation says.</b><p>Those who watched on a "movie screen" would pay the most while those using smartphones would only pay a small fee, Jeffrey Katzenberg said.<p>This …

Movies

The “Bad Bitch” Paradox

Living in the Midwest is not ideal right now. I’m under the constant threat of impending snow doom and temperatures dropping to Ice Age levels… even …

The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation

<i>Wired</i>’s cover story this month is about the rise of the “sharing economy” — a Silicon Valley–invented term used to describe the basket of start-ups …

The Rise of the 'Shelfie': Instagram's Next Craze

The latest twist on the selfie is a photo of your stuff artfully arranged on a shelf-like surface. Self-indulgent ego trip—or a thoughtful way to show off your great taste on social media?<p>BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA existed, people had far fewer chances to show off—and soliciting a little praise could …

Social Media

Women Feet Surgery - Plastic Surgery to Look Better in High Heels

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below<p>Women of the world, you probably know this moment, too: You ask the polite shoe salesman to bring you that snakeskin lace-up stiletto or navy ballet flat in a 9 or 7 or whatever, and he brings a shoe that's two sizes too small, purring a coy, "It's the only …

Plastic Surgery

The Future of the Music Industry: Selling Audiences to Advertisers

Rebirth will be fueled by the downturn of the $16 billion broadcast radio industry.<p>Uncertainty rocking both the broadcast radio and record industries has opened an enormous opportunity for recording artists and record labels. Growth for the music industry will come from expanding the overall <i>online</i> …

How The Makers Of “Wolfenstein: The New Order” Reimagined The Music Of The ’60s–If The Nazis Won WWII

The alternate-history game from Bethesda Softworks takes place in a 1960s that followed the Germans winning World War II–which got the studio wondering what that would have done to rock and roll.<p>The <i>Wolfenstein</i> franchise is as storied as any in video games: it essentially launched the …