Sign in

Marker
Pop business for the intelligent reader. A publication from Medium.

Where Are They Now

In between the minivan’s decline and the SUV’s surge, one of the century’s most beloved — and despised—cars experienced a brief moment of fame

Do you remember the PT Cruiser? Yeah, you do: Chrysler’s po-mo hot rod with the funny name and the Dick Tracy-esque curves? It’s in the first shot of the new CW series Superman and Lois, because it’s the closest thing on the road to the car on the cover of…


Object of the Week

Bucatini is so 2020

Object of the Week is a column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

The 21st century has been a time of constant technical innovation — and a time for ridiculously overthinking food. These seemingly unrelated meta-trends have now coalesced in cascatelli, a brand…


Object of the Week

At a time when women have been hit hardest by the recession, brands are making International Women’s Day about themselves

“There is no Hershey’s without ‘SHE,’” the candy behemoth announced recently.

The occasion for this, uh, insight was International Women’s Day, this past Monday. To mark the day — and March as Women’s History Month — the company “developed a small batch” of its flagship chocolate bars, with the package…


Online marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon, and Zazzle have allowed hatred and misinformation to be marketed to the masses

The world of online fashion has been going through the same reckoning with white supremacist conspiracy theories as the rest of the internet. Platforms such as Etsy and CafePress were skewered shortly after the January 6 insurrection for hosting merchandise celebrating the event, which caused them to scramble to take…


Object of the Week

”My Home Office” for kids lands somewhere between dark satire and a meme

Object of the Week is a column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

It looks like a parody, and a rather dark one at that: The Fisher-Price My Home Office play set includes a fake laptop, headset, latte cup, pretend phone, and “4…


Object of the Week

The new fleet of electric vehicles paints a brighter future where the post office actually still exists

Object of the Week is a column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

It’s been a rough year — well, a rough decade or two — for the U.S. Postal Service. So it’s notable that in addition to enduring another round of criticism


Object of the Week

How a shortage of the most boring cereal turned it into a pandemic sensation

Object of the Week is a column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

Of all the shortages the country has endured in the pandemic era, surely the scarcity of Grape-Nuts is among the least important. No lives are at stake; it is not…


Object of the Week

The story of a hippie sandal, a six-figure handbag, private equity, and a very mischievous art collective

Object of the Week is a new column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

Birkenstocks, “fashion’s original ugly shoe,” as the Business of Fashion put it the other day, are having a moment. …


Object of the Week

The meme investor mob came after a physical commodity, and it didn’t go well

Object of the Week is a new column exploring the objects a culture obsesses over and what that reveals about us.

Over the past week or so, the meme-crazed, Reddit-fueled “stonk market” phenomenon careened in a new direction. Instead of aiming to drive up the share price of yet another…

Marker

Pop business for the intelligent reader. A publication from Medium.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store