What I'm Reading, Vol. Twenty-Four

Thursday, September 04, 2014


All of the studies indicated that anticipation of an experience is more exciting and pleasant than the anticipation of a material purchase - regardless of the price of the purchase. In the case of crowds queuing up to make purchases, those in line for an experience (such as a play or admission to a theme park) generally are in better moods and on better behavior than those in line to buy material goods. In a press release, Gilovich said one reason the research is important to society is that it "suggests that overall well-being can be advanced by providing an infrastructure that affords experiences -- such as parks, trails, beaches -- as much as it does material consumption."


On Blake Lively, and being a true Hollywood rebel (via Verily Magazine)
When Kim Kardashian releases a coffee table book of her selfies, we're not really surprised -- she's doing exactly what her adoring public wants. When Miley Cyrus strips and twerks her way through another concert, we may shake our heads, but really, isn't this what we've told her to do? When Lindsay Lohan gets another DUI and heads back to rehab for drug abuse, well of course! That's what young starlets do! In this industry, what is truly surprising is the starlet who turns her back on this expected degeneracy -- the starlet who rises above our shallow expectations and refuses to join in the ranks of the vain, the empty, the self-obsessed. Perhaps it's no wonder then, that the industry is having a collective freak-out about Blake Lively, the oh-so-boring girl who doesn't drink, who would rather stay at home and bake, and who now has the audacity to start a website that isn't all about her.


The Real Reason for the Forty-Hour Workweek (via Films For Action)
The 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office workers gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

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