June 23, 1992 |
Political songster Gil Scott-Heron got it right in 1974: The revolution will not be televised. Not, at least, on the ABC and NBC affiliates in Los Angeles. Nor will it appear on any of the network affiliates in Boston, or, most likely, in any other major American media market. But the revolution has made its television debut in such Canadian crossroads as Thunder Bay, Ontario, 100 Mile House, British Columbia and Red Deer, Alberta.
February 5, 1995
How insensitive! Portraits of homeless people, each holding a single treasured object, positioned among page after page of advertisements of frivolous luxury items--a particularly soulless, if not absurd, juxtaposition ("Treasures," photographed by Gregg Segal, Dec. 18). Did this reveal more than what was intended? Surely I'm not the only one struck by the realization that treasure is only relative, and conspicuous consumption is truly irrelevant. Carol Nahin Long Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1991
The bad news is Measure B passed. The good news is that it passed by such a narrow margin. Imagine the outcome if the Irvine Co. had not spent over $600,000 on its campaign. Sally Anne Sheridan, Bill Vardoulis and Barry J. Hammond are now put on notice by the close to 50% of voters against Measure B that they, and the dense policies they represent, are a hangover from the conspicuous consumption of the '80s. With voters obviously becoming more educated with respect to what is at stake for the future of Irvine, any effort of the Irvine Co. to buy this continued representation will clearly be costly.
December 16, 2001
The simplicity movement is not new ["Planting Seeds for Simpler Life," Nov. 25]. Was it Thoreau who exhorted us to "Simplify, simplify!"? Nonetheless, I am delighted to see a resurging interest in the aphorism "Less is more." Though it may not result in more meaningful lives, practicing simplicity will certainly reduce debt and clutter. I find it noteworthy that this significant article appears in the Business section, which is all about maximizing material goods and encouraging conspicuous consumption.
October 12, 1986
How interesting to read Christopher Nyerges' article on trash-can food pickers ("Trash-Can Food Pickers Point Out Our Wastefulness," Other Views, Sept. 29). He surely knows what he is writing about. My husband and I waste nothing in our household. Both of us, coming from Depression-era families, have learned to utilize our foodstuffs in appetizing ways. I make "one egg plus" omelets--sauteing a bit of this and a little of that to be folded into breakfast eggs. I also use canned and packaged soups--diluting them two to three times as recommended on the directions and adding left-over vegetables, pasta, rice, grains, etc. All delicious and full of vitamins, minerals and good stuff.
September 11, 1986 |
In reminding me that football season is upon us, John E. Veblen of Sierra Madre quotes the sociologist-economist Thorstein Veblen: "Football has the same relation to culture as bullfighting has to agriculture." John Veblen doesn't say whether he's related to the great thinker, but a blood relationship may explain why he's able to quote him. I had a class in Veblen in junior college. All I remember is that he introduced the phrase "conspicuous consumption."