Multcolib My Librarian Heather: Consumer culture
Annotation:This explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever-present mental "wish lists" of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world.
Annotation:A thought-provoking look at the flip side of spreading inequality: as the super-rich set the pace, everyone else spends furiously in a competitive echo of wastefulness.
Annotation:Looks for the balance between poverty that degrades human life, and rampant consumerism that degrades the earth.
Annotation:Many advertisements these days make us feel as if we have an intimate, even passionate relationship with a product. But as Jean Kilbourne points out in this fascinating and shocking expose, the dreamlike promise of advertising always leaves us hungry for more.
Annotation:Based on recent developments in economic theory, social analysis, and ecological design as well as evidence from the cutting-edge people and places putting these ideas into practice, Plenitudeis a road map for the next two decades. In encouraging us to value our gifts- nature, community, intelligence, and time-Schor offers the opportunity to participate in creating a world of wealth and well-being.
Annotation:Follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they examine the commercialization of Christmas in America while following the group on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse.
Annotation:The contributors demonstrate that consumerism and the culture that surrounds it exert profound and undesirable effects on both people's individual lives and on society as a whole.
Annotation:Roberts, professor of marketing at Baylor University, studies why Americans believe and behave as if possessions will induce, increase, and enhance happiness.