Bacon was literally single the food item that ended my life as a vegetarian and vegan (although brief). I clearly remember the moment; this woman ran a stop sign and totaled my car, so waiting for the police she informed me she owns a diner and invited me to stop by. Well I did, and the smell alone was nostalgic- taking me back to my mother's cooking of bacon on the weekends and awaking to it's fine aroma. Of course I indulged thus ending my meat-free manners.
Since the Super Bowl is upon us, this presents a wonderful opportunity to over indulge in extremely unhealthy food, while watching television. Nachos, wings, and of course bacon. "Bacon Mania" is an actual term movement to describe the rise in popularity in bacon and material culture involving bacon. This movement is a result in the rise in high-protein diets such as The Atkin's Diet. Basically if you can think it, someone has or will create it; bacon infused vodka, bacon wrapped hotdogs, bacon mints, bacon coffee, bacon lube, bacon bandaids, bacon candles, bacon toothpaste, etc.
True innovation stems in how you cook the bacon. You have the 1980's Nordic Ware microwavable plastic bacon grill, Presto Bacon Maker (the book ends of bacon), Emson Bacon Wave (drying rack for bacon), WowBacon (the sangria pitcher of bacon), a hand-thrown stoneware/ceramic Bacon Cooker, and now The Perfect Bacon Bowl! "Never have a boring meal again! Perfect Bacon Bowl makes a whole new way to munch." As if somehow your previous "bacon bowl" was imperfect.
The Perfect Bacon Bowl is quite literally a bowl made of bacon. And for what? Everything! The bacon bowl serves as a great container for breakfast related food, scrambled eggs as well as cereal and milk. Also lunch such as clam chowder soup and delicious deserts such as ice cream Sundays. Forget heating bacon in a skillet, take a half-hour of your day to strategically layer bacon over the cups, then microwave till the plastic cups are perfectly melted and gooey for added flavoring. There is nothing better than an Jello bacon bowl. Either way there is no other sure-fire way to raise your cholesterol while lowering you need for dishes. Celebrate this year's Super Bowl with The Perfect Bacon Bowl.
100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.