Excellent long-form journalism on changing gender roles in American advertising, by Megan Garber. Posted this month at The Atlantic. Another interesting look at sexist advertising from years past is found here. And here.
The casual and sometimes jarring misogyny of 1960’s/1970’s American advertising is embarrassingly evident from our 2015 perspective. The antiquated gender roles and sexist imagery was almost certainly seen by (white male) advertisers as social progress. “See? We know that women exist,” is the implicit message, though you have to look past the hilarious rape gags and playful winks of domestic violence.
These advertising campaigns would, of course, never run today. And rightfully so. Socially (for good or bad), it’s now bad business to venture far from empowering themes or bland, broad tedium. Rooted sexism and tone-deaf gender roles are still abundant in advertising, but they’re more muted, more calculated, less obvious. This is the trail of progress. Not just for women, but for the dumb-ass white men advertisers who have been dragged into the 21st century. You’ve come a long way, baby.
Kevin Garnett, 1995
An excellent oral history of the most versatile big man in NBA history (until LeBron James, of course). Author Howard Beck digs pretty deep here, and explores in detail how Garnett’s career intertwines with some of the biggest NBA stories of the last twenty years. Solid longform sports journalism can be hard to find, and Beck proves again he’s one of the best sportswriters earning a paycheck today.
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“How Corporate America Invented Christian America” – Inside one reverend’s big business-backed 1940s crusade to make the country conservative again.
Thought-provoking longform commentary by Kevin M. Kruse, a professor of history at Princeton and the author, most recently, of One Nation Under God, from which this article has been adapted.
Joe Posnanski may be the finest baseball writer working today. His collection of top-100 players here is filled with wit, reasonable analysis and self-aware humanity to a subject that is defined primarily with numbers. He also grasps a surprising insight into a sport of individual human beings, each with their defining human quirks. A few of my (recent) favorites are Bob Gibson, Warren Spahn and Roberto Clemente. Looking forward to #36, Joe.
Excellent long-form journalistic examination of why we consume news through comedy.
Satirized for Your Consumption –By Ben Schwartz
When I’m feeling daring, I choose the Spanish language option at ATMs. You know, just for the challenge. Bad-ass over here.
Mitch Hedberg died ten years ago today. Still missed.
His Comedy Central special and a nice feature story on his legacy. Also, here.