The Movie Theater

The Movie Theater

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Meagan Brant & Cooper Cox

Coworkers were moaning around at work all week about the 32 hour work week. For me… I work 50s almost every non holiday …

Consumerism

Consumerism

by Saxony Wynecoop

Class. Convenience. Societal strains.
Ads and brands. Commercials and chains.
It’s so much more than buying and …

I am a Mocal

I am a Mocal

by Maren Orchard

When I became a student at Ball State, I learned that I am a Mocal – unflattering slang for a Muncie local. Despite the negative …

Pet Care

Pet Care

by Emily Griffis

Morning. A yawn escapes. From your mouth or hers no one knows. Tiny, heart-shaped pebbles clink, clink, clink into the bowl below …

Leisure

Leisure

by Cooper Cox

The word “leisure” comes from Old French, meaning “an opportunity to do something.” It is the empty space in between work shifts …

Commuting

Commuting

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Patrick Collier

Does anyone have anything good to say about commuting? Media discourse about commuting is overwhelmingly negative. News …

Politics

Politics

by Aaron Brehm

In terms of life’s big guarantees, birth and death seem to bookend the timeline; however, many other assurances fill in the timeline’s …

Trains

Trains

by T.J. Tekulve

Whether outside or in, it follows. The consistent rumble, the echoing horn—the train. Tracks sprawl through the whole city like a web …

Trash

Trash

by Patrick Collier & Meagan Brant

Empty Mountain Dew cans…empty cigarette boxes…two medium sized paint brushes with grey-ish paint dried on… If the everyday is …

Sports

Sports

by Alex Gilland

Sports are an integral part of everyday life for many people in our culture. For some of our Everyday Life in Middletown informants …

Community

Community

by Janie Fulling

Community activism, in some form or another, is a big part of the lives of our informants. But they don’t always realize it …

Weather

Weather

by T.J. Tekulve

Over the relatively short period our diarists kept track of, they primarily experienced winter and early spring. Every date’s weather is …

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Meagan Brant

Death has a funny way of reminding us of the time. It reminds us of the time we’ve lost, the times we had, and the times we can …

Relationships

Relationships

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Sam Baumgart

The special bond between a mother and daughter is no phenomenon. According to the communication theory Genderlect of …

Penis Clip

Penis Clip

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Meagan Brant

Hello students! In class today we will be analyzing the nonrenewable and renewable energy sources that are on our wonderful planet …

Machines

Machines

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Maren Orchard

Man’s relationship with technology has been controversial since the Industrial Revolution brought machines to the forefront of everyday …

Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Kathryn Mirabella

The idea of fitness — entangled in social and personal expectations — can seem like an unreachable goal. From articles such as the …

Cooking

Cooking

Posted by edlmiddletown on 2016 in Insights

by Patrick Collier

In a city like Muncie — or any city or town of reasonable size — fast foods and heavily processed foods are available in historically …