Code-X (20)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Codebreaking, Semiotics


Call this snack-chips category code: Snacking Surrealism.

Definition: Absurdist, ironic, magical, deeply strange evocations of the snacking experience.

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Notes on this code: Surrealist experience is a reason-to-believe for chips brands like Doritos and Cheetos. A thumb in the eye to other brands’ more earnest r-t-b codes (like the code we might call Olde Tyme); and a trumping of dominant r-t-b chips codes like Adventurous or Exclusive. You want adventurous and exclusive? Step into the Twilight Zone of snacking.




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Joshua Glenn is a cultural and brand semiotician, and co-principal of the agency SEMIOVOX LLC. He is editor and publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age sci-fi paperback imprint HILOBOOKS. He is author of (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY (2008) and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY (2011); and he is co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY (2007) and SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS (2012). With Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Tony Leone, Josh produced the popular family activities guides UNBORED (2012), UNBORED GAMES (2014), and UNBORED ADVENTURE (2015), not to mention two UNBORED activity kits from MindWare. 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. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons.