Saturday, May 02, 2009

Your host in the news.

Some decent quotes, today, pursuant to an interview I did on Friday with San Diego Union writer John Wilkens. They're having an empowerment-fest out there and Wilkens thought I might be able to provide some perspective. I appear about two-thirds of the way through the piece. Just FYI.


Elizabeth said...

Oh, man, Steve... You sure know how to put a damper on a joyous occasion. ;)

Why can't you just be happy (or happy-seeking) like the rest of thems "people – largely female, middle-aged, affluent, and living on either coast – who buy so many books, DVDs and the like that the mind-body-spirit industry is now an $11 billion-a-year business," huh?

You should have been there with your own booth, I think, and/or a presentation, titled, tentatively, "Peddling Crap and Why Fools Love It," or something such.

More seriously, the demographic here is worthy of its own analysis -- middle-age *affluent* females, the prime consumers and targets of the happyism self-help. There are good reasons why this is THE clientele and there is a dissertation somewhere here, or at least a decent article, in sorting out why it is so.

Anonymous said...

Good article. Good quotes that put things in perspective. It amazes me that so many thinking, functioning people fall for that crap. The people he writes about sound like they have responsible jobs, you wonder how they get through their day if that's how their thought processes work.

Cosmic Connie said...

Oh, Lordy, another Gullibalooza gathering, orchestrated by the Grand Dame of the New-Wage/selfish-help industry, Louise Hay.

Eliz, that's a great idea for a booth. Hey, Steve, Ron and I will run the booth with you. We'll be glad to attend Gullibalooza events in places like San Diego, which is really quite pleasant, but Maui would be even better.

Eliz, you also make a good point about the demographic for this particular brand of New-Wage offering. Other bloggers such as Chris Locke at Mystic B have mentioned this very point more than once, but it seems that every time they mention it, they are accused of being sexist or misogynistic.