commercialism

Pop Art

"Fatherless" Collective Seeks Truth in an Alternative Facts Exhibit

The group showcases their own version of today’s information overload.
Diana Shi
4.1.17
Design

How Urbex Became the Kinfolk of Trespassing

In efforts to put brands into everything, an edgy and illegal exploration becomes just another extreme sport.
Adam Rothstein
3.30.16
Art

Artist Duo Fights Commercialism—with Commercialism

Cheesy portraits, concrete beach toys, and incarcerated flowers come together in the work of the talented Žižić/Kožul.
Andrew Nunes
9.4.15
DIY

This Helmet Is an AdBlock for Real Life Ads

'Brand Killer' gets rid of those IRL ads on a shoestring budget.
Jordan Pearson
1.22.15
Motherboard Blog

Putting a Dollar Sign On Everything Is Really Expensive: A Chat with Michael Sandel

Sandel's latest book, "What Money Can’t Buy," asks the question: “Do we want to live in a society where everything is up for sale? Or are there certain moral and civic goods that markets do not honor and money cannot buy?”
Johannes Niederhauser
8.2.13
Stuff

Money Is Making Us Dead Inside

Money can be a sneaky thing. Without making too much of a song and dance about it, markets and market thinking have entered spheres of life where they never were before and where, when you think about it, they never really belonged. Michael Sandel is a...
Johannes Niederhauser
7.31.13
Motherboard Blog

In 1980, the Star Wars Cast's 'Empire Hotline' Broke AT&T

During the run-up to 'The Empire Strikes Back', fans could call a phone number in Illinois and hear from the Star Wars characters. So many people did that it overloaded the system.
Brian Merchant
5.30.13