Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout
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Consumerism

I recently read War on the Floor: In the Zone with G.I. Joe

As someone whose sometimes retreats from reality into various fantasy role playing games, I was really intrigued with the insight that one of the things that american consumerism has stripped us of is a sense of history, there is only the present and the push to buy more stuff, which then usually gets shoved in the closet.

The author also points to The all consuming century, why consumerism won in modern america. I've found the first 20% of that book quite interesting as the writer traces the development of consumerism as a way of allowing people to experiment with new identities and to cut across class and ethnic lines to form a democratic society.

Later chapters look to address the loss of relationships and meaning that has accompanied the superficial culture created by consumerism.
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