Monthly Archives: October 2017

The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 5

“The bureaucracy is a dehumanizing place in which to work and by which to be serviced. The main reason we think of McDonaldization as irrational, and ultimately unreasonable, is that it tends to become a dehumanizing system that may become … Continue reading

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Fats Domino: the big easy from The Big Easy…

“Well, I wouldn’t want to say that I started it (rock ‘n’ roll), but I don’t remember anyone else before me playing that kind of stuff.” – Fats Domino Antoine Domino, Jr. was perhaps the most relaxed guy ever to … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 4

“McDonaldization affects not only the restaurant business, but also, education, work, healthcare, travel, leisure, dieting, politics, the family and virtually every other aspect of life.” – George Ritzer The success of Ray Kroc’s methodology, named McDonaldization after the restaurant chain … Continue reading

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All shook up: a historian examines rock and roll…sorta

“Rock and roll might best be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria.” – Vance Packard I just finished a book that is kinda/sorta amusing, kinda/sorta amazing. Glenn Altschuler’s All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America will amuse … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: who’s that?

“Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun I was listening to … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 3

 “If we are going to go anywhere, we’ve got to have talent. And, I’m going to put my money in talent.” – Ray Kroc, founder, McDonald’s Read part 1, part 2) If you’ve ever worked in a fast food restaurant, … Continue reading

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The McDonaldization of pretty much everything…part 2

“Most specifically, irrationality means that rational systems are unreasonable systems. By that I mean that they deny the basic humanity, the human reason, of the people who work within or are served by them.” – George Ritzer  When we ended … Continue reading

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