Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Zeitgeist

Blink:
A great new word I learned this year: Zeitgeist – the general, moral and cultural climate that defines an era.

Read On:
1. Mobile – smartphones, tablets, etc.
2. Google
3. Facebook
4. Apple
5. Amazon
6. Starbucks
7. Fast Foods (e.g., McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.)
8. Big Box Retailers (e.g., Walmart, Target, etc.)
9. Sports – arenas, team clothing (e.g., jerseys, hats, etc.), fantasy leagues, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, etc.
10. Celebrities – Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, rehab, etc.
11. Reality TV shows
12. Harry Potter
13. Jeans, sneakers and flip flops
14. Earthquakes – Mother Nature, the Financial World
15. BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China)
16. Sound bytes – Twitter, text messaging, YouTube
17. Nanoseconds
18. Millionaires to Billionaires
19. Exotic travel (e.g., Antarctica)
20. Forever Young (e.g., Botox, plastic surgery, etc.)

Welcome to Zeitgeist.

5 comments:

  1. Accurate accounting of the prevailing Zeitgeist. Shallow, sad but accurate.

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  2. Definitely a new word for me. Agreed with Joan though, a tad shallow unfortunately ;)

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  3. Watched the news right before I read this, Jimmy , and the only thing I'd add is 'Government Gridlock'. Thoughtful, interesting and right on target, as usual!!!

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  4. Thank you everyone. Great word! D'accourd?

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