Editor’s note: I’ve just deleted the most widely shared post on The Nag, along with its hundreds of associated reader comments. They’ve all been removed from this site out of an abundance of caution (and a wee sigh of despair) because this particular article has, sadly, been adopted as the darling of the anti-science movement – never my intention, even when I was pointing out challenging problems or asking difficult questions. As Dr. Frederick Seitz once observed:
“Once a scientist gets an answer, there are always more questions.” .
Hegemony: noun\hi-ˈje-mə-nē, he-jə-ˌmō-nē\. heg·e·mon·icadjective –Political or cultural dominance or authority over others.
“The hegemony of the popular kids over the other students means that they determine what is and is not cool.”
I lived most of my life neither knowing this word nor saying it out loud until my daughter Larissa was working on a sociology paper at university on something called“hegemonic assumptions”.
Here’s how these assumptions might look: when white, middle-class people of privilege start thinking we understand what it’s like to live in poverty because we spend one afternoon every Christmas volunteering at an inner city soup kitchen, we’re making a whack of hegemonic assumptions. Continue reading →
Earth to Cleveland Clinic: under no circumstances is a bowl of oatmeal (even one as photogenic as this one featured on your Twitter feed) a “swap” for bacon.
The only possible swap for bacon is another piece of bacon. Turkey bacon is NOT bacon. Those dreadful soy protein veggie bacon-bits are NOT bacon. And a bowl of oatmeal is most certainly NOT bacon. The only bacon product worth eating is real bacon. Period. Continue reading →
Freshness Burger, a national burger chain in Japan, came up with an innovative way to convince reluctant female customers to take a great big bite of the chain’s biggest burger. For Japanese women, having a small and modest mouth – “ochobo” – is regarded as attractive, and having a large, open mouth in public is regarded as “ugly” and “rude”. It’s considered good manners to cover one’s mouth when women need to open up wide. Enter the Liberation Wrapper – and it worked – boosting sales of that big burger by 213% compared to the previous month’s sales after introduction at Freshness Burger.
Adidasmay be an official corporate partner of the FIFA World Cup, but most of the host country’s national team players in Brazil are wearing Nike.
This reality must sting for Adidas marketing types. Decades ago, the company launched the groundbreaking practice of paying athletes to wear its shoes, paying sports teams to wear its jerseys, and paying a league to use its ball, as Brendan Greeleyreported recently in his Bloomberg BusinessWeekcover story.
Yes, darling readers, it is indeed that time once again when all navel-gazing pundits whip up their Top 10or Best Oflists for the year that is quickly passing. Let’s do that too here on The Nag.
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