Source: 'Zoe Weil' My husband, Edwin, and I periodically visit a remote coastal Maine village. During our last trip, we had a strange experience that caused us to reflect upon how our assumptions, judgments, and personal histories shape our reactions, thoughts, behaviors, attitudes, and even our ability to comprehend reality. We were taking a stroll to the shore before dinner when we noticed a quirky man walking toward us. He was bundled up on a warm day and moving fast with his head down. About 30 feet away, he caught sight of us and appeared startled. He turned around abruptly, quickened his pace, and walked back the way he came. Edwin and I exchanged glances and kept walking. We didn’t share what we were each feeling, which was a bit fearful. Only later did Edwin tell me that after encountering the man, he had removed the knife in his pocket, palmed it, and had his thumb positioned to open the blade. I admitted to Edwin that I, too, immediately thought about how to protect … [Read more...] about What Does a Victoria’s Secret Bag Say About You?
“All this product licking is simply a sign of a self-absorbed, selfie-star obsessed sick nation.” – Cheryl K. Chumley. It started with a video that went viral. A teenager opened a Blue Bell ice cream carton in a Lufkin, Texas Walmart, ran her tongue over the ice cream, then returned the container to the shelf (see video below). This was followed by a copycat incident in Louisiana a week later. As is often the case with such incidents, the phenomenon took off on social media. The hashtag #icecreamchallenge trended on Twitter. Since then, both mainstream media and social media have been inundated with expressions of outrage, calls for punishment and fixes to product packaging, a mockery of the perpetrators, and all manner of opinions and assertions. Much of this debate has focused on the motivations behind acting this way, the severity of a punishment that should be meted out to perpetrators, and what such behavior says about our culture. What about the longer-term … [Read more...] about How Ice Cream Licking Videos Hurt Public Trust
Source: Alex Borland/Public Domain Pictures Blue. It’s been called the “lustre of the soul.” It is a color associated with feelings of tranquility, reliability, productivity, and sometimes melancholy. More definitively, it just so happens to be the most popular color in the world, especially among men. It’s also the flagship color of some of the popular brands in the world—think Facebook, IBM, GE, Walmart, Ford, BMW, Visa, and Twitter, just to name a few—and has long been a topic of marketing intrigue. For example, it was reported that Google pilot tested over 40 shades of blue to see which resulted in the highest click-through rates. But new research appearing in this month’s issue of Psychology and Marketing adds even more mystique to the planet’s most prominent wavelength. Professor Gianluigi Guido, of the University of Salento, and his colleagues examined how blue light influences shopping preferences in mobile shopping … [Read more...] about The Most Popular Color in the World Just Got A Bit Trendier
Mourners after the shooting in El Paso, Texas in 2019. Source: Ruperto Miller, Wikicommons. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication "Run, hide, fight" has become familiar to many Americans. As the standard response prompt for active shooter incidents, it has joined "Stop, drop, and roll," (fires) "Drop, cover, and hold on," (earthquakes) and, going back to the Cold War, "Duck and cover" (nuclear attacks) in the short-and-snappy repertoire of responses meant to help members of the general public respond to crises. Mass killing incidents are at the forefront of public consciousness. More than 24 potential incidents have been prevented or preempted since the deadly attacks in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas over the weekend of August 3-4, 2019. Those came just a week after the shootings at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. And action by the public can save lives. In Dayton, law … [Read more...] about The Missing Link in Community Preparedness