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.
The wealth or power must be put in evidence." Thorstein Veblen coined
the term 'conspicuous consumption'.
"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
Consumers should be
highly skeptical of claims made for any pill, patch,
We like to think of consumers as
our agents in the field." - Matthew Daynard, a senior attorney in the
Federal Trade Commission's advertising practices division
"Our enormously 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 our
satisfaction, our ego
satisfaction, in consumption.
The measure of social status, of
social acceptance, of prestige, is now to
be found in our consumptive
The very meaning and significance of our lives today is
expressed in consumptive terms.
The greater 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 pattern of food consumption, his
We require not only "forced draft" consumption, but
"expensive" consumption as well.
We need things
consumed, burned up,
replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate."- Victor
"Moving beyond range of TV hucksters, pesky telemarketers and the
daily onslaught of direct junk mail is one of the great perks of maturity.
It seems Americans are so thoroughly defined by commerce that a decline
in ad dollars aimed our way challenges our identity according to the
principle: I consume therefore I am."- Daniel S.
Seven blunders of materialistic
5. Science without humanity
7. Politics without
"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
Call me a constantly lapsing recovering consumer.
I am not proud of this, though I am not ashamed of
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.
Indeed, the 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 work.
Incinerating relationships and converting them into services, the
original bonds among individuals are severed.
A purchased "service" is as generic as the
money that buys it.
Any social relationship embodies a kind of
wealth in the form of bonds or ties, which can in principle be liquidated,
turned into a commodity, and sold back as a service.
Almost 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 industry".
This is the
name by which the hotel industry calls itself, but what a perversion of the
original meaning of the word hospitality!
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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