commercialism

4.1.17

"Fatherless" Collective Seeks Truth in an Alternative Facts Exhibit

The group showcases their own version of today’s information overload.

3.30.16

How Urbex Became the Kinfolk of Trespassing

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

9.4.15

Artist Duo Fights Commercialism—with Commercialism

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

1.22.15

This Helmet Is an AdBlock for Real Life Ads

'Brand Killer' gets rid of those IRL ads on a shoestring budget.

8.2.13

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?”

7.31.13

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...

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5.30.13

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.