Friday, September 9, 2011

Moved on to The Consumer Anthropologist

Hi all. For many months I have left the Wild Pig Tail Project and moved on to The Consumer Anthropologist . I've taken the sense of social and built it out as the Creative Social Spirit -- our new identity coming out of the recession. The Consumer Anthropologist holds a lot of this new material as well as pieces on consumer behavior from my anthropological perspective. I thank you for following the wild pig tail project, and I hope you choose to follow/sign up for the emails from The Consumer Anthropologist too. Robbie

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist, asks "are you a creative social spirit?" Robbie believes the recession has led us to a moment where we're feeling and feeding our need and desire to become creative social spirits.  He offers a little quick diagnostic to test where you are as a creative social spirit to help you get a baseline. Robbie will be collecting videos that show people who are creative social spirits over "the next long time."  So be on the lookout for those...and would love for you to send him examples where you are showing, or see others showing, their creative social spirit.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Robbie Blinkoff, The Consumer Anthropologist, stands outside a Mac Store at the mall at 9 am and says that "our greatest unmet human need is actually creativity and the desire to play."  Interestingly, the best way to get creative and to play involves getting social -- so it's a two-fer! He discusses how creativity is becoming the new productivity for people. Just what is it about the Mac that's attracting people like flies? It ain't the price. Sure it looks and feels nice, but there's something more. Take a listen and contact Robbie if you like too.

Monday, May 16, 2011


{By Robbie Blinkoff} The myth of Sisyphus is at the core of our culture. Everyday, push that rock up the hill and turn around and do it again the next day. For what? Same BLEEP another day. How many times do people say, or feel, that? Well yesterday I'm having one of those conversational moments with a friend where we get to the point where we bring up Sisyphus. Later on, it comes to me: SCREW THE ROCK!!! 46 years and I never thought about it that way. Just what will happen if you wake up and decide not to push the rock one day? Will life as you know it cease to exist? Will you wallow in uncertainty? Perhaps. But maybe not. Maybe you will just do that something that you've always wanted to do. Or maybe something will show up in your life that could not show up before because of that damn rock!! The whole thing about the myth of Sisyphus is that we know that rock will be at the bottom of the hill again the next day. So, tell me again, why do we decide to keep pushing it up the hill? DARE TO SCREW THE ROCK!!! Let me know what you think. And if you try it out, let me know how it works.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sense of Social and Joy Experiment #3: LORT Conference

I had another opportunity to take an audience through the sense of social and joy experiment. This time a conference on Theater turned another hotel meeting room upside down with a feeling of sense of social and joy!!! Who doesn't love silly string, combined with a good master of the Bubble Wand, some poppers, an ukulele and rendition of Lion Sleeps Tonight. Thanks again to another great audience for playing along.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Uking" While Driving

So once you start to find your sense of social you'll find out you want to satisfy a seemingly higher human need -- to create/be playful. You'll quickly find no time to meet that need -- so you'll have to seek it out in interesting ways. Here's how The Consumer Anthropologist (me) found some time to meet that basic human need. Note -- I'm actually "uking" at stop lights.....

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chicken, Steak & Chocolate Cake

I'm posting a video here from my newest venture -- "The Consumer Anthropologist."  I figure if you're following The Wild Pig Tail Project you might also like my views on -- "how buy, shop, eat, have fun and what it means for the way we live (culture)." Let me know what you think and if you want to see a few more entries (such as Do businesses have souls? and Enoch Pratt FREE Library) visit The Consumer Anthropologist Thanks!