Let’s start with some statistics.
Cost of the average American wedding in 2012 = $27,000 (not including Honeymoon).
Cost of the average New York wedding = $65,000.
Median U.S. income = $45,000.
Dollars generated by the wedding industry every year = $30 billion.
That includes dresses, elaborate engagement photos, groomsmen gifts, monogrammed handkerchiefs, signature cocktails, bachelorette parties. The soul/love/capital crushing process has been dubbed the “wedding industrial complex,” a cold term that connotes just how effectively capitalism has insinuated itself in an institution supposedly characterized by love and other priceless emotions.
The wedding industrial complex is not without its detractors: Jezebel has entire category devoted to deriding it [...]
In the fatherly fashion do – and don't – taking social media by storm, Utah dad Scott Mackintosh turned a pair of his own jeans into short-shorts to demonstrate his unhappiness with his teenaged daughter's skimpy wardrobe.
"I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving [for dinner]. She said NO!" Mackintosh wrote on his wife's blog, Becky Mack's Blog of Mild Chaos.
"Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle, I decided to make a 'small' statement on how her short-shorts maybe aren't as 'cute' as she thinks!"
Mom of 30-Year-Old Man Spends [...]
Year: 2001 Model: Nokia 5510
Characteristics: Predictive text, Bluetooth compatible, features first-of-its-kind music player.
User Profile: 17-year-old high school graduate waiting for college to start. Went through high school as That Girl Who Is Always Saying "You guys, I have to get home by 12. Seriously though. It's 11:45 p.m. My parents are going to murder me. Jon Benet-style. Guys, seriously. I have church tomorrow. Seriously." Upon high school graduation, this model was used as both a reward and a ploy to ensure 17-year-old girl keeps in touch with her parents while away at college.
Memory: Device was used for a month and a half period. During this time, the [...]
The Instagram Enthusiast transmits a curious mix of tech obsession and humble earnestness. He loves both the act and the idea of photography, the framing, the steadying stance, the toyish click programmed into the Instagram camera. Yet the Instagram app also allows his amateur passions to retain their youthful naivete. Not quite a photographer, but not impervious to the beauty of the everyday, the IE can’t sit until every object in his periphery has undergone mock-vintage retouching and been distributed to each of his social networking accounts.
This penchant for things that look old seeps into various sections of the IE's life: He's a romantic, and you shouldn't be surprised [...]