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An Inspiring Story or Another Distorted Messages on Obesity?

Posted on March 27, 2011

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the problems I saw with Joe D’Amico’s all-McDonald’s diet “experiment” leading up to the L.A. Marathon. It turns out that that was not the only potentially troubling obesity-related story coming out of the marathon. The media was also very excited to report on Kelly Gneiting becoming the heaviest […]

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Situation, McDonalds, & Tort Law

Posted on December 15, 2011

Professor Caroline Forell has written a wonderfully thoughtful, situationist article, titled “McTorts: The Social and Legal Impact of McDonald’s Role in Tort Suits (forthcoming in Volume 24 of the Loyola Consumer Law Review) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * McDonald’s is everywhere. With more than 32,000 restaurants around the world, its Golden Arches […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Food and Drug Law, Law, Legal Theory, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Marketing Situation of Doritos (FTC Complaint)

Posted on October 19, 2011

NPLAN filed a complaint today with the FTC today alleging that Frito-Lay has engaged in deceptive marketing to teens by disguising Doritos ads as entertainment; by collecting and using kids’ personal information in violation of its own privacy policy and without adequate disclosure about the extent and purpose of the data collection; and by engaging […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Emotions, Entertainment, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Video | 2 Comments »

Should Obese Airline Passengers Be Forced to Buy Two Seats?

Posted on October 18, 2011

Last week, I traveled to the University of Tulsa College of Law to give a talk on the psychology of retribution.  The faculty was extremely welcoming and I had a great time, but on the way back I found myself in a challenging situation. Shortly after I settled into my seat, a woman asked me […]

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Christakis Speaks to Harvard Freshmen about Social Networks

Posted on September 3, 2011

From the Harvard Gazette: Harvard College freshmen got their first taste Aug. 26 of the world of ideas awaiting them over the next four years in a talk by Professor Nicholas Christakis, who argued that human social networks have the power to spread obesity — or happiness — like contagion. Christakis, who teaches at Harvard […]

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Nicholas Christakis on the Situation of Epidemics

Posted on July 16, 2011

From TED Talks: After mapping humans’ intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1). Related […]

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David Vitter, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Jon Ensign, Mark Sanford, Chris Lee, and Now Arnold Schwarzenegger and Anthony Weiner: The Disposition Is Weaker than the Situation

Posted on June 8, 2011

During the summer of 2007, we published the post below in response to the sex scandal du jour involving U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA). We republished it in the wake of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s (D) “indiscretions.”  Former U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards’ confession had us dusting off […]

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Posted in Emotions, Evolutionary Psychology, Ideology, Life, Morality, Politics, Video | Leave a Comment »

McDonald’s Favorite Man: Don Gorske

Posted on May 19, 2011

May 17th is an important day for Ronald. You see, each year it marks the anniversary of when one Fond du Lac, Wisconsin man decided to start eating Big Macs. Since 1972, that man, Don Gorske, has eaten 25,000 of McDonald’s famous burgers — typically two a day — becoming, as I and other Situationist […]

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Holder on the Situation of Violence

Posted on May 11, 2011

In 2010, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the “Defending Childhood” initiative to help prevent children’s and young people’s exposure to violence, mitigate its effects and put an end to cycles of violence that undermine the public’s health. During this webcast, he described his vision for this initiative and its progress so […]

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The Power of Word Choice: “Lifestyle” Diseases

Posted on April 23, 2011

As readers will note, I’ve been blogging a lot about the situation of obesity recently and so I read Mark Bittman’s recent op-ed in the New York Times,  “How to Save a Trillion Dollars,” with special attention. I agreed with a lot of what Bittman said about how changing our diets is one of the […]

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Sending the Wrong Message

Posted on March 23, 2011

Joe D’Amico probably had the best of intentions when he set out to eat an all-McDonald’s diet for thirty days leading up to the L.A. Marathon. And, in fact, as a result of internet buzz, his “food challenge” ended up raising $26,000 for Ronald McDonald charities. At the race a few days ago, D’Amico set […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Public Relations, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

David Vitter, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Jon Ensign, Mark Sanford, and Now Chris Lee: The Disposition Is Weaker than the Situation

Posted on February 14, 2011

During the summer of 2007, we published the post below in response to the sex scandal du jour involving U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA). We republished it in the wake of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s (D) “indiscretions.”  Former U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards’ confession had us dusting off […]

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Posted in Emotions, Evolutionary Psychology, Ideology, Life, Morality, Politics, Video | 1 Comment »

 
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