Six Months That Changed The World

You could call it the Great Cultural Earthquake. Within a brief span of six months, three separate historical events happened that completely reshaped America. If you are over 65 years of age, you might remember them: 1. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech (8/28/1963) 2. The assassination of John F. Kennedy (11/22/1963) 3.…

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The Day Disco Died (And How We Got It In The First Place)

In the late 1970s, there were only two opinions about a popular dance craze known as “disco.” It was either the best thing since the jitterbug or the worst thing since the Hindenburg. Very few had a position riding the fence. For the critical ear, the monotonous beat, synthesizer hooks, flourishing strings and banal, often…

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School Prayer Outlawed (June 26, 1963)

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our Country. Amen.” This is one of the generic prayers school children used to pray to begin their school day. For hundreds of years, American school children participated in a prayer to start their day…

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The Cable News Network Reimagines the News

The emergence of cable television news reimagined how information was reported and consumed. With a 24/7/365 platform the Cable News Network (CNN) could report LIVE news visually, as it happened…with no commercial breaks if necessary. It was the brainchild of media mogul Ted Turner. Watch CNN in 1980… Unfortunately, cable news wasn’t good for radio.…

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The Real Thing: Coke Advertising

First Coca Cola Advertisement

I’ll confess. I’m deeply biased when it comes to my favorite carbonated beverage. If it’s not a Coca-Cola, it’s not a cola. I don’t know if I was born with this affection (some might call it an affliction), but here I am 58 years later still sipping Coke…albeit in more sugar-free varieties. My favorite is…

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Why 2030 Will Look Nothing Like 1995

If you think the past quarter century has been transformative, buckle up buttercup. Yesterday (May 19, 2021) Microsoft announced that it’s scrapping the Internet browser Explorer–once the standard browser on most non-Apple computers. Born on August 16, 1995, Explorer is now done. It was just 25 years old. In the 2020s, we’ll see a flood…

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New Coke Is Introduced

New Coke Debuted

It was either the worst move in soda history or a brilliant marketing ploy. But on this day 35 years ago, Coca-Cola announced they were changing the formula for its historic drink. The move made sense as a new “Pepsi Generation” was slowly eating into profits (helped by clever, targeted advertisements to younger generations). Pepsi…

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Technolution: How Tech Has Always Changed Culture (and Always Will)

Technology is starting a new trend called Technolution

Society changes. Society evolves. Society advances. Technology changes. If you lived in 1400 A.D., life was harsh and short Diseases, viruses, and plagues wiped out whole communities. A family rarely traveled more than a day’s walk. Nearly everyone worked a farm. Wheat, rye, and barley were staple foods. Mysticism, folklore, and Catholic religion guided a family—which…

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It’s a COVID-19 Spring! Are you planting yet?

covid-19 is changing our culture

What I mean is have you peered outside at the CULTURAL landscape? It is springtime in every way. This new cultural “spring” is blossoming everywhere as retailers, restaurants, schools, and churches try to survive in an online-only world…thanks to a little virus nobody saw coming six months ago. COVID-19 and its effect on culture. This…

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