Christopher Lasch Lashes Consumerism
- It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media.
It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life.
Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism, of which modern art is largely a mirror image.
Neoclassical economics insists that advertising cannot force consumers to buy anything they don't already want to buy.
Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays a less important part in a consumer society, where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion.
Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising.
The family wage has been eroded by the same developments that have promoted consumerism as a way of life.
The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction.
The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.