June 28, 2017

"Dan Rather did a 60 Minutes segment on wellness in 1979... 'Wellness,' he said, 'that’s not a word you hear every day.'"

From "The Wellness Epidemic/Why are so many privileged people feeling so sick? Luckily, there’s no shortage of cures" (in New York Magazine).

Speaking of words you don't hear every day, I just learned the word "spoonies." Do you know about "Spoon Theory"?

Also, I didn't know that Arianna Huffington is involved in something called Thrive which sells products like a bed for your iPhone — a little wooden bed with satin sheets...
“You know, there is something so satisfying …,” Huffington explains one day in her crowded Soho office as she tucks her phone in beneath a satin sheet.
I think the answer to the question in the article title is: There are products to sell. (Here's that iPhone bed. It's $100.)

28 comments:

Wilbur said...

I remember Spoonie Spoon in "Rappers Delight".

Bay Area Guy said...

Heh - the hard-hitting journalism of New York Magazine.......

richlb said...

Huffington is really into sleep in general. I think she wrote a book about getting a good night's sleep. Of course, you can sleep pretty soundly knowing people are spending $100 on a bed for their phone.

traditionalguy said...

Well, it is solid wood, satin and all that.Beats a pet rock.

Tim Gilliland said...

The problem with these people, like much of society in general is that they are victims of their own success.
Think about those who live essentially lives of leisure. Sure Gwenneth Paltrow works several weeks a year, and I don't fault what she is paid... Remuneration should always be commensurate with skill or demand. That said the problem is really one of the spirit. What do Huffingtons and Paltrows do with their off hours? Clinging to one sort of materialism or another tends to pall after a while. How many Iphone beds does a person really need, anyway? If they had something to focus on that made them feel their lives were worthwhile outside of the narrow confines of business perhaps they would be more at peace. When the upper class still had Christianity as their primary religion most would spend time and money on charitable acts, missions to the unenlightened, or work with the poor.
Today their spirits are shriveled by the lack of faith in anything more permanent than their own selves.

buwaya said...

I suppose there isnt much money in messages such as -
Get over yourself
Your troubles dont amount to a hill of beans

Earnest Prole said...

Wellness is the modern version of nineteenth-century patent medicines, and thankfully in America there's still a sucker born every minute.

Fernandinande said...

spoony
1. Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.
2. Feebly sentimental; gushy.

Dan Rather, Arianna Huffington, it all fits.

Fernandinande said...

Earnest Prole said...
Wellness is the modern version of nineteenth-century patent medicines, and thankfully in America there's still a sucker born every minute.


Your guarantee of quality is the guy wearing a fashionable outfit.

Tim Gilliland said...

You have now expended 2/4 posts allowed on this comment thread.

exiledonmainstreet said...

"What do Huffingtons and Paltrows do with their off hours?"

Paltrow steams her vagina. Really.

She's a very silly woman.

exiledonmainstreet said...

I am so sorry I did not think of Iphone beds, just as I envy the man who came up with the idea for Pet Rocks. My problem is I think of products that stupid people might want and I dismiss the products I think of as being so stupid that even the very stupid wouldn't shell out good coin for them. I should know by now that there is no such thing as a product that is too stupid to sell.

MayBee said...

Is there anyone who actually likes Arianna Huffington?

exiledonmainstreet said...

Maybe a vagina steamer would sell. It must be awkward squatting over a pot of hot water.

I’m thinking of those home hair driers that 1950’s ladies used to own, except the hose would fit into a pair of panties instead of a plastic bonnet. And of course the panties couldn’t be plastic, they’d have to be made from natural fibers. Just 5 minutes a day and the wellness of one’s lady bits would be immeasurably improved. Maybe I can get Ronco interested…

robother said...

Whatever Siri wants, Siri gets.

Bob Ellison said...

Huffington used to do a recurring sketch with Al Franken on Bill Maher's show. Franken always introduced her as "the beautiful, but evil Arianna Huffington." Huffington was the "conservative" foil to Franken's "liberal" tendency. It was a funny bit.

She disappeared for a while, and then came up with HuffPo. Such a strange and sudden transition for a woman who I would've thought was old enough, at the time, to have a pretty good idea of her own political philosophy!

No. It was all theater. It still is. She, unlike Franken, may not have a political philosophy.

exiledonmainstreet said...

MayBee said...
Is there anyone who actually likes Arianna Huffington?"

I have been told her biography of Picasso is pretty good. I haven't read it.

Of course, that doesn't answer your likability question, but it indicates that at one point she was actually capable of serious thought.

BDNYC said...

Remember when Arianna was a conservative Republican? That was before everyone found out her wealthy Republican politician husband was gay. I guess they were both living a lie.

Interesting that she's selling dumb products now. She's an expert at selling things she doesn't believe in. How can we be sure she's even a progressive liberal? Was HuffPo just a moneymaking scheme?

Earnest Prole said...

Thanks, Fernandinande, I've always wondered about the origins of that particular apparition.

Bill Peschel said...

I despise Huffington, a hypocritical opportunist and empty suit.

I especially love how she built HuffPost on free labor, installed "nap rooms" because she kept her underpaid co-workers working long hours, then sold out and is now extolling the virtue of sleep.

Sure, she can afford to, and the magazine writers accept her dribbles as wisdom.

One of the few honest woman in public life is Shondra Rhimes, who said in an interview that she has 10 people doing all the scut work so she could focus on her work. To Huffington and Paltrow, staff are faceless and not to be mentioned.

tcrosse said...

Arianna is the ZsaZsa Gabor of the lumpen-intelligentsia.

rhhardin said...

Welltude. A similar deadjectival suffix.

David said...

Spoon theory? Does it have to do with snuggle? Snuggle is good.

Earnest Prole said...

Ah Ariana. At age 16 she moves from Greece to England to attend Cambridge University, where she becomes president of its debate society. In 1973 she writes The Female Woman “attacking the Women's Liberation movement in general and Germaine Greer's 1970 The Female Eunuch in particular,” says Wikipedia; in 1981 she writes Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend, and in 1989, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer. She moves to America and somehow hooks up with bisexual Republican Michael Huffington, who very nearly defeats Diane Feinstein in her 1994 US Senate race. She divorces him and runs for governor of California; upon losing she founds the Huffington Post, America’s top left-wing website, and later sells it for a heap of dollars.

In other words, a classic American story.

Yancey Ward said...

I basically have to applaud anyone that can get rich douchebags to pay $100 for an i-Phone bed.

George Grady said...

I thought that only bards could be spoony...

Dave in Tucson said...

Reminds me of a joke I saw earlier on Reddit:

Q: How do you milk a sheep?
A: With iPhone accessories.

linsee said...

Spoon theory is an extremely useful metaphor for explaining the limitations faced by people with disabilities not immediately visible, especially mental illnesses. My son (autistic/ADHD) and his friends all use it, and are in favor of its wide use also by people who are not disabled.
Source:
The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com