Salon is an online news and information service that covers a variety of topics. It publishes reviews and articles about books, films, music, technology, and other areas of modern life. The website also features a columnist and an editorial board. Regular contributors include political-opinion writers Amanda Marcotte, Scott Eric Kaufman, Heather Digby Parton and Sean Illing, critic Andrew O’Hehir and pop-culture columnist Mary Elizabeth Williams.
In modern usage, the noun salon is typically used to describe a business that offers beauty treatments, including hair styling and nail services. A salon may also offer other types of cosmetic treatments, such as facials or massage therapy.
The word salon originated in France, where it originally referred to an informal gathering of notable figures at the house of a famous person (historical meaning). It later evolved to mean a reception room in a large house, a place where people gather regularly for discussion or entertainment.
Historically, women had strong influence over salons. They controlled the agenda of the meetings and regulated the subjects of the discussions.
A salon was a place where people were able to talk about social, literary, and political issues of the time. It also served as a means to regulate the behavior of those in attendance, especially women.
The salon has been widely studied as a social and cultural phenomenon. It was a way for cultivated Jews to immerse themselves in the cultural life of their society. It became a powerful tool of social control and a means of political activism.