Code-X (17)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Codebreaking, Semiotics

Coors Light

Coors Light

Call this North American beer category code: Extreme Leisure.

Budweiser

Budweiser

Definition: Idealized lifestyle — extreme sports associated with beer brands.

Notes on this code: Although this Extreme Leisure coding was dominant in communications from the US & Canadian beer category the time I collected these examples — in 2011 — it’s important to note that at some point in the past, this type of coding was emergent. It emerged as a rejection of the Protestant work ethic — through the lens of which leisure activities were seen as a reward for hard work.

Kokanee

Kokanee

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Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based semiotic culture and brand analyst. He is editor/publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age science fiction imprint HILOBOOKS. In addition, Josh is co-author of several books, including (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY, the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY and (with Rob Walker) SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS, and (with Elizabeth Foy Larsen) the family activities guides UNBORED, UNBORED GAMES, and the forthcoming UNBORED ADVENTURE. In the ’00s, Josh was an editor and columnist for the BOSTON GLOBE's IDEAS section; in the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT.