Stuffs! We’ve all got ‘em, and we all like to accumulate them– unless you’re Ellen. This week, we’re exploring how sociology makes sense of our material culture. What is the relationship people hold with the tangible objects we collect? What meaning do we attach to these items? And why is it that Penn cares so much about her Washi Tape collection and Omar licks his shoes?! Tune in here to learn more about stuffs and where the state of stuffs is going as the world becomes digitalized and we begin to interact with virtual objects more and more.
Material Culture, Collections, Senses, Symbolic Interactionism
- Check out these primer episodes:
- Check out these examples of ASMR videos. Do you get head tingles?
- Sight – The Slow Mo Guys
- Sound – Bizarro Ice Cream or Giant Oreo Cake?
- Taste – Smell-Tasting Experiment
- Are you a Washi Tape fan, like Penn?
- Some of Penn’s washi tape collection
- Here are some impressive collections around the world:
- Largest collection of hamburger related items
- Largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia
- Largest collection of traffic cones
- 10 CRAZIEST COLLECTIONS In The World
- Largest Collection of Gaming Consoles – Guinness World Records
- Biggest Star Wars Collection! – Guinness World Records
- Inside 5 of the Biggest Collections on Earth
- Check out Walter Benjamin’s (1968) discussion of the topic in his famous essay, “Unpacking My Library: A Talk About Book Collecting”
- We talk about Boon’s article about mp3s and Dechaine’s article about Pez dispensers in Moist and Banash’s (2013) anthology, Contemporary Collecting
- Curious about pharma-bro Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang album collection? Read this.
- Want to learn about the $6.8 million space black diamond?
Can you decode Stephen Hawking’s blackboard doodles?