consumerism

The Carnival of Consumerism and its Tawdry Trinkets

How sensation replaces experience in the Late Capitalist Empire...

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Delighted! On Bernie Sanders Congratulating Jeremy Corbyn

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn may use a similar rhetoric, but there it stops....

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Lauding Republicans (reluctantly). US Election Hyperbole and Hypocrisy

McCain is not a war hero. Heroes do not drop bombs on civilian targets from tens of thousands of feet...

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Small of Stature, Great of Nature

The diminutive are spurned, scorned, defamed and relegated to the margins....

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I Want it NOW! How Rarity Affects Desire

Psychologists have long known that you can make a consumer good more desirable by making it appear rare. ...

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On Killer Cops and Reverse Racism

Does one identify with and/or benefit from hyper-authoritarian power or does one empathize with the plight of the powerless?...

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Do Stuff, Not *Have* Stuff = Happy

People thinking about impending experiential purchases, such as ski passes, have higher levels of happiness than those anticipating spending money on things...

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Buy Before You Die

Marketing's cringiest ebb to date: 'some people might want to spend more and work less – just in case their time runs out'...

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Politics as usual, Has Failed

In our time, politics as usual has failed to address the most pressing issues of the age...

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Snobby Staff Boost Sales

When it comes to luxury brands, the ruder the sales staff the better the sales....

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Empire’s Halloween Pt 1

The US Empire is dead meat. We should lose the imagery of a noble and lofty bald eagle: rotting road kill should be proclaimed our official national animal....

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