Marie-Antoinette pager & Sans-culottes chic
This advertisement provided an excellent (and amusing) platform to describe how Marie-Antoinette's poor management of time and word-choice became the stuff of legend.
This ironic review by Cintra Wilson of a NY clothing store that caters to well-heeled wannabe artist-hippies (who can afford $265 for a sweater-vest emblazoned with a marijuana leaf) from the New York Times of 5/07/09, closes with a hilarious reference to the sans-culottes's threat to the bourgeoisie (long considered the prime motor of the French Revolution). Many thanks to Cintra Wilson for deflating the pretensions of those who think that dressing like a 1960s peacenik equals authentic political activism.
On integrating these sources in a class, see “Teach This!”