Sloganeering pt. 1 L'Oreal
I plan this as an ongoing series- a fallback for weeks when I have nothing to say and an added bonus for times when there is more to be said. L’Oreal’s longstanding slogan seems a good place to start this irregular series of deconstructions. Why is this such a powerful idea. Why has the economist recently referred to the young rioters in the UK as the ‘Because I’m worth it’ generation. If we...
Greek Tragedy, British Farce
Having just returned from ten days in Greece, split unequally between the stunning, rocky and rather un-touristic island of Syros and a long weekend in Athens I thought failtoplan could provide opportunities to try and unpick a few of the thoughts I had while out there. The first of these relates directly to the trip and to Greece. FTP harbours no ambitions to be an economics blog, or even a...
Urbanism, a Counter-narrative
Last year, in April, the WHO announced that half the world’s population were now living in cities. Now using the positivist, ‘everything is getting inexorably better’ narrative, this is yet a more evidence of our growing success as a species, continuing to evolve our environment and moulding it into a continually better form. This relies on an inherently benign and empirical view of the history...
Google+ and Social Shopping
There has been much written in the social media online press about the ‘battle’ between Google+ and Facebook. Depending on whether the commentator has been dwelling on the Google+ interface itself or its use in browser, there are a couple broad views- one that it is/isn’t a facebook killer and whether one believes is will suceed or fail, is a direct competitor. The other sees it as a social...