Elvis as American Cultural Icon

Douglas Holt’s 2004 book “How Brands Become Cultural Icons” defines iconic brands as brands that are time-tested, important cultural symbols – they represent popular values, ideas and identities within a culture and are highly symbolic or meaningful in a society. He writes that iconic brands and iconic individuals “serve as society’s foundational compass points –…

Holly Norris’s "American Able": A Statement on Identity and Exclusion in Advertising & the Mass Media

Photographer Holly Norris’s “American Able” makes a powerful statement on the standard practice of excluding women with disabilities from the mass media and the othering that occurs through this exclusion. From her website: “American Able” intends to, through spoof, reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are made invisible in advertising and mass media.…

Ethical companies – LUSH Cosmetics

This weekend, I picked up a few things from LUSH Cosmetics, just one of the many companies with a presence in the “ethical” products market. The items I purchased (lotion, face mask and cleanser) stand out to me for a number of reasons: they smell irresistibly yummy and they make my skin feel divine, and…