About this site

  • Comments
    When you submit a comment, it won't be published until approved. This is to cut down on comment spam. However, I will also edit or block comments that are profane or offensive.
  • No Legal Advice
    Although I may from time to time discuss legal issues on this blog, nothing that I post should be construed as legal advice, nor as creating an attorney-client relationship between you and me. In fact, there's a good chance I'm not licensed to practice law wherever you are. If you need legal advice, you should consult an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
  • Personal View
    This blog is neither affiliated with my employer nor hosted by it. It is maintained through TypePad, and I pay the hosting fees. Nothing that is posted here should be construed as anything other than the views of the particular author of the post.
  • Tung Yin's Recent Papers (SSRN)

April 2014

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      


  • Check Google Page Rank

« "The Amazing Race" -- my prediction | Main | Jose Padilla's habeas petition »

September 22, 2004


Tung Yin

My colleague Randy Bezanson jokes about the day when, in the middle of class, we'll have to say, "And now, for our Microsoft minute. . . ."

My mother used to talk about the commercializing of America and used to attribute the rise in crime at least partially to people (usually young) who had come, thanks to ads, to feel "entitled" to the goodies displayed. As if they should have whatever it was. "You deserve..."

She was born in 1918 and she said her childhood memories included Burma-Shave signs, an occasional ad on the side of a barn, and now and then a poster glued to a fence.

She said that the commercialization of America really started to gather steam during the 50's with the return of the GIs from Europe and Africa and the Pacific, the glorification of the unitary family and the ubiquitousness of TV. (no, of course there isn't such a word. but there should be.)

When she died in 2001...well, you can fill in that part for yourself.


A few years ago a minor league baseball team in Maine sold a sponsorship arrangement for the National Anthem to a grocery store chain. It was introduced by the p.a. announcer as "Shaw's Star Spangled Banner," as if the grocery store name was part of the song title, as if Key was watching the British bombard a supermarket. It met with such violent protest that the team scrapped the deal after just one game. Score one for dignity, at least for now.


"Thank you for calling 911, sponsored by Leavum & Burnham, Attorneys at Law. Our operators are busy..."


I wonder if Levi isn't doing itself more harm than good by associating itself with kidnapping. As for Comiskey Park being renamed U.S. Cellular Field, since it's not even the original Comiskey Park I really don't see anything wrong about it.

The comments to this entry are closed.