Debra Goldman


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Amber Waves of Grain

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Who says you don't learn anything from watching television? August A. Busch III tells viewers that his father gave a hitch of Clydesdales to his grand-father to celebrate the end [...]

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Business as Usual Ever since the Southern Baptist Convention voted to boycott Disney for breaking its trust with the American family by promoting gay days

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When it comes to an assault on family values, Southern Baptists teach us that one can never be too paranoid.

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Lofty Thinking Gets Practical At 4A’s Planners Conference

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No more chaos theory, no more quantum physics. Once known as followers of a head-in-the-clouds discipline, American account planners are now acknowledging that their future depends on their concrete contributions [...]

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The Body Politic

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When scholars come to write the history of the obesity epidemic of the early 21st century, they might well single out as a turning point a meeting held in the [...]

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Planning Gets Domesticated

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In 1999, at the annual conference of the Account Planning Group-U.S., there were a lot of ways to tell that planning was the sexiest job in advertising. Salaries of top-level [...]

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The Male Ego Takes a Beating

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Fans of Everybody Loves Raymond may recall the episode in which Ray Barone, alter ego of comedian Ray Romano, once again futilely attempts to assert himself in his household. His [...]

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How did today’s man become a henpecked wuss?

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Fans of Everybody Loves Raymond may recall the episode in which Ray Barone, alter ego of comedian Ray Romano, once again futilely attempts to assert himself in his household. His [...]

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Can Money Buy Happiness?

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Philosophers postulate about it. Marketers of everything from cars to cruises to computers promise it. It’s a national duty to pursue it. But what exactly is the elusive and much-desired [...]

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Debra Goldman’s Consumer Republic: The Year in Review – Wit’s End

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These days it’s taken as fact that 9/11 didn’t raise the tone of the culture as much as we thought it might. Consider that 2002 began with the premiere of [...]

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Debra Goldman’s Consumer Republic

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As McDonald’s awaits a New York judge’s decision on whether to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the company by eight obese teens, it can take some comfort in the knowledge [...]

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Debra Goldman’s Consumer Republic

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It is the fourth week of November, and we know what happens every year at this season. Thanks giving? Oh, sure, there’s that. But I’m referring to Buy Nothing Day.Yes, [...]

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Consumer Republic

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In the face of financial advice that encouraged investors to think long-term, John Maynard Keynes once made the famously mordant observation that “in the long run, we’ll all be dead.” [...]

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Test:Consumer Republic Creative

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All hail the (possible) return of the station wagon In the face of financial advice that encouraged investors to think long-term, John Maynard Keynes once made the famously mordant observation [...]

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Consumer Republic

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There was a time when trips to my hometown of St. Louis were trips to the consumer boonies, where the natives wrinkled their noses at sushi and fly-over land tastes [...]

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Consumer Republic

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In a classic dog-bites-man story, the National Organization for Women last week released its third survey on how network television treats women in prime time. You will not be surprised [...]