“I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita.”

The thrill of the senses, of experiencing life through artistic expression, can transcend the misery, vanity and wasted time that is the lion’s share allotted to us in the course of our daily lives.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/aug/11/cezanne-unmasked-the-shattering-portraits-that-blew-picasso-paris-avant-garde-away

Rijksmuseum Celebrates Rembrandt’s Birthday by Putting His Drawings Online

https://www.google.com/doodles/44th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-hip-hop

http://gauguin.artic.edu/

Screens connect but they also isolate.

Today young people tend to live lives of intermediation, seeking engagement with the world through their devices. Ironically and sadly, an outcome of this media focus and behavior can be addiction and isolation.

How do you meet his or her eye, or catch a moment that may never come again if you’re always looking down, lost in a screen, as life passes by?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

https://shift.newco.co/is-social-media-the-new-tobacco-936d28a2bfe2

from your phone and take control of your life.

https://www.wired.com/story/our-minds-have-been-hijacked-by-our-phones-tristan-harris-wants-to-rescue-them/

 

Marshall McLuhan’s visionary understanding of media and culture is a foundational model of how digital transformation works and has changed man and society.

The notion that the form of media impacts meanings and content (the medium is the message) is fundamental today. The internet has redefined information and how we think. One aspect of this revolutionary change is the increasing primacy of visual information.

McLuhan’s 106th birthday anniversary last week is an opportunity to revisit his vision of the “Global Community”.

https://www.google.com/doodles/marshall-mcluhans-106th-birthday

A Marshall McLuhan expert annotates the Google Doodle honoring the internet visionary

“In wildness is the preservation of the world” wrote Henry David Thoreau.

A new biography and David Brinkley mark Thoreau’s 200th birthday anniversary.

Take a walk, observe closely and “Live the life you have imagined.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/books/review/henry-david-thoreau-a-life-laura-dassow-walls.html?ref=oembed

Branding is a combination of need fulfillment, desired identity and aspiration. Its power derives from communion and possibility, fueled by access and opportunity. Great brands are validated through tangible experience.

A brand is often best understood by example rather than by explanation, thereby capturing its je ne sais quoi character. For a product, service or experience to transmute into a powerful brand it must be real and true.

The “French girl” brand collects emotional, intellectual and life-affirming elements to represent power, self-confidence, effortless sexuality, and personal freedom in a compelling and attractive package.

https://www.racked.com/2017/7/5/15880176/how-to-french-girl-style-beauty

Luxury is having what you want, how and when you want it.

It involves exclusiveness and status, distinctiveness and differentiation. Luxury denotes essential quality and limited access. Once defined by scarcity luxury’s expressions have evolved in our time of abundance.

Regardless of the adjectives and adverbs used to describe luxury over time, its intrinsic value is precise and unambiguous, discreet and exceptional.

Luxury is always about singular and extraordinary experience in the moment.

Millennials are making it luxe to be more ethical and environmentally aware

The smartphone:

Changing how we communicate and the very definition of communication.

Reinventing the design and interface of digital devices.

Transforming culture by reordering social behavior and manners.

Changing information structure and the organization of time and memory.

Altering historical analog approaches by injecting non-linear digital perception.

Changing how we think and perhaps ultimately the mind itself.

A Sociology of the Smartphone