Popular Culture

Michael Drew · September 26, 2016
Pendulum in Action, business education, WE Cycle, ME Cycle, people have been trolled

I know several people who have been trolled. I myself have been trolled. The people I know who were targeted are writers – one’s an editor at a newspaper, and the other a cultural writer who has specialized in theater. They’ve been subjected to horrific comments, online death threats and a constant barrage of hatred. Because they shared some of their work online. Why have I been trolled? Because I expressed an opinion.

This is what we’ve come to. When you say something, however […]

Bob Hughes · September 14, 2016
Pendulum in Action, International Tastes, international levels

We all have preconceptions about others. This is at the personal, professional, local and international levels. And we tend to keep those prejudices despite our being aware that we have them.

For example, the French think we Americas are all armed to the teeth with handguns, shotguns, rifles, assault weapons. I’ve told French friends that the only people I know who own guns are policemen. But they don’t believe me. Americans think the French are loopy for banning the burkini, that […]

Bob Hughes · March 17, 2016
Pendulum in Action, graffiti creativity

Everyone is fascinated with graffiti on ancient walls, scrawls from people who lived thousands of years ago.

But new graffiti on ancient walls is another story.

The city of Florence, Italy, realizing that discoursing today’s graffitists is something of a losing proposition – many people just can’t help themselves from putting their names on an historic site — has come up with a way to enable those who want to leave a message to do so in a virtual way. Non-physical graffiti.

A […]

Bob Hughes · June 12, 2015

Let’s hear it for the classic headline writers.

In an age of click bait, when provocative headlines, like cheap come-ons, urge you to visit a site to see what the fuss is all about, nothing can beat the newspaper headline of yore to make you salivate about content.

Many New Yorkers – and many people around the country, actually – remember the famous mid-1970s New York Daily News headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” It was a bold and almost unprecedented way of saying that […]

Bob Hughes · April 08, 2015
cultural ethnicity

To the alarm of some and the pride of others, the U.S. is a diverse country. But it’s also one where people of differing ethnic backgrounds identify themselves by both that background and their Americanness. It’s a wonderful thing about America, this diverse yet assimilated mix.

A new immigrant might call himself an American after living here for a few weeks, and few would question him about the veracity of that statement. Being American is almost as much a state of mind as it is a […]

Bob Hughes · December 16, 2014
holiday, pendulum

Yes, Virginia, kids still write letters to Santa.

And Santa – or his helpers – actually write back.

At least those helpers do who participate in the U.S. Postal Service’s “Operation Santa” initiative. It’s available in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In it, volunteers respond to one or a few of the thousands upon thousands of letters that local post offices receive – letters addressed to Santa c/o the North Pole.

What’s more community-minded and WE Cycle than people […]

Bob Hughes · September 16, 2014

You can live in a happy city or an unhappy one, apparently. At least according to whatever studies determine that particular feeling among citizens.

Do you care if your city is happy or not? I think happiness is something more personal than civic, but in our WE Cycle, when community-mindedness is important, how those around us feel affects how we feel and behave as well. Happiness studies or surveys rate such […]

Michael Drew · August 20, 2014

You should get out more.

Your texting should be put on hold for just a little bit as you engage in something resembling actual human interaction.

You’ll be better off for it.

I know that most people prefer to deal with rendezvous and appointments and even the occasional hello by texting or instant messaging. Nothing wrong with that. Social media keeps us all going, and as someone who’s building a business and helping others build theirs through audience-engagement campaigns, I know […]

Bob Hughes · August 19, 2014

We are not people who stay put.

No matter the social cycle (WE or ME – which, as followers of Pendulum know, switches back and forth roughly every 40 years, from a community-minded WE cycle to an individually centric WE one), men and women have always been on the go.

The website Vox has a very cool map showing human cultural history, in just over five minutes. It’s worth a look to get even a superficial sense of enormous changes […]

Michael Drew · April 24, 2014

(Warning for the easily offended: contains harsh language.)

How much do you care about the poor?

Probably less than you think, at least according to a little social experiment conducted by Britain’s The Pilion Trust Charity.

A video clip records the experiment, in which on a busy London street a man wearing a placard that says “Fuck the Poor” hands out flyers that say the same thing.

Watch the video here:

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