"Changing someone's emotional state makes
physiological changes in their
body and alters the
actions they are likely to take.
the purpose of sales and
change how you feel about a product or company is to change the likelihood of
your making a purchase." - Edward Wilson & Wes Unruh
triumph of stupidity and manufactured ignorance is on full display in US
political life and is matched by
a savage militarization of
an intensified level of daily violence and aggression, the
withering of the social, and the
withdrawal into private obsessions.
People smothered in
a fog of exaggerated
self-interest." - Henry A. Giroux
a theorist of consumption,
understood acquisition was for exhibition, "in order to gain and to hold the
esteem of men it is not
sufficient to merely possess wealth or power.
Wealth or power
must be put on display."
Thorstein Veblen coined the term
"Misleading advertising leads to over
consumption but that may be offsetting the under-consumption associated
with monopoly prices." - Edward L. Glaeser, Gergely Ujhelyi, December
"The FTC and
the FDA don't have enough
resources to go after every product sold under false pretenses.
should be highly skeptical of claims made for any pill,
patch, cream or device.
We like to think of consumers as
our agents in the field." - Matthew Daynard, senior attorney FTC
advertising practices division
very meaning and significance of life
is expressed in consumptive terms.
pesky telemarketers and
direct junk mailmen
under the contemporary Cartesian
principle: I consume therefore I am.
productive economy demands that
we make consumption our
way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into
rituals, that we seek
spiritual satisfaction in
The measure of
social status, of social acceptance, of prestige, is now to be found in
the pressures upon the
individual to conform to safe and accepted social standards, the more does
he tend to express his
aspirations and his individuality in terms of what he wears, drives, eats -
his home, his car, his hobbies, his
pattern of food
We require "forced draft expensive" consumption,
things consumed, burned up,
replaced and discarded at an
ever-accelerating rate."- Victor Lebow
Seven blunders of materialistic consumption
"Like most habitual shoppers, I was looking for
something that I wanted more than I needed, something I could not necessarily
describe but would recognize when I saw it.
I was looking for something I had
bought new long ago but had lost and was expecting to find once again.
Call me a constantly lapsing recovering consumer.
I am not
proud of this, though I am not ashamed of it either.
It means is that I am an entirely average American, easily
driven by complex and unpleasant
realities to the escapist distractions of stuff.
I am a member of
what social critics call the "bewildered herd," though I like
to think that I am less bewildered and more
self-aware than most of my
fellow cattle, even
when I find myself buying another pair of high heels that I can't really walk
in and don't need." - Erin Aubry
"The word "consume"
brings us back to the origins
of separation in fire, a metaphor
for our civilization's consumptive linearity.
conversion of human bonds into money resembles
an oxidative reaction in
chemistry, which replaces existing internal chemical bonds with new,
lower-energy bonds to something from the outside,
an oxygen atom.
Money is like the thermal energy
liberated thereby, no longer bound to any individual and thus free to perform
Incinerating relationships and
converting them into services severs bonds.
A purchased "service" is as generic as the
money that buys it.
Social relationships embody wealth in the form
of bonds or ties, which can be liquidated,
turned into a commodity, and sold back as a service.
No relationship is exempt from
this colonization of the social space: not
parenting, not sex,
not friendship, not
Let's start with an example of this colonization
that also exemplifies the inauthenticity of commoditized relationships: the
Hospitality bespeaks a generous,
welcoming attitude of sharing one's home.
How would you feel if you
shared the home of a friend for a few days and were then presented with a bill,
with 500% markups for each telephone
call, bottle of water, and item of food you consumed?" -
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