Persuasion Articles of the Week

"untouched-feet" by James Lee, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
“untouched-feet” by James Lee, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

#morals #focusingillusion #sugar #marketing #kanye

Are the moral standards of the world dropping?

Gabriel Flood gives a great answer addressing the information overload and focusing illusion that we experience in the digital age. As I learned in Thinking, Fast and Slow, “What You See Is All There Is.” Whatever it is that we’re focused on, everything else fades away. In 2017, social media ensures there’s plenty of rage to go around.

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

In his book Sugar Salt Fat, Michael Moss covered Coca-Cola’s entry into Brazil. Over the following decades, the nation has been transformed by the widespread availability of low-nutrition, high-calorie foods.

I find the n-word hurtful, but Piers Morgan is right: it’s Kanye’s fault those white sorority sisters sang it

It’s an offensive word, undoubtedly, and art is meant to push boundaries. If pushing that boundary normalizes the word, then it is going to be used. If we don’t want it used, it needs to stop everywhere. We can’t have language that some people are allowed to use and others are not.