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American Consumerism

Test Your Patriotism With The Red, White, And You Quiz

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.27.2016 | Comedy
Samuel C. Spitale

Sure, it feels patriotic to BBQ on our day off and light fireworks we hope won't start a brush fire, but it's little more than consumerism wrapped in the seasonal marketing of nationalism. But fear not! If you wanna put your patriotism to the test, we've got just the thing for you.

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2017 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

The Latest Science on Having a Rewarding Christmas

Joey Savoie | Posted 11.17.2016 | Science
Joey Savoie

Co-authored by Michael Dello "Oh what a void there is in things." - Persius In The Life You Can Save, The Most Good You Can Do and his hugely su...

After Easter: Why Christianity is Failing in America

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Jesus' crucifixion, His death, the excruciatingly long Saturday, His bodily resurrection and some unspecified moment of return all say "why would I follow Him?"

Consumed By Our Consumer Society

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Impulse buying has none of these elements -- you see it, it sings to you, you want to possess it, you might deliberate for a few seconds about the fact that you don't really need or maybe you cannot really afford it, and then you buy it anyway because practical factors don't really play a part in the decision.

Rejecting Consumerism: On Losing And Letting Go

Leora Novick | Posted 10.26.2014 | Travel
Leora Novick

As an avid traveler, I pride myself on my sense of being in the moment with each new journey and destination. Yet the second my camera, the proof of "how much fun I was having" was lost, I became inconsolable. It forced the unpleasant question of the motivation behind my travel.

Vicarious Philanthropy: Are We Doing Good or Just Buying More?

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

When we as shopaholic Americans consume via do-gooder products and entertainment, what are we really doing other than lifting a corporation's bottom line?

What We're Concealing With Our Consumption

Anna Clark | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

We have not honed the stamina to learn about earth science. Consequently, we do not fully realize what the natural world means to us.

A Constant Bullying

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dave Pruett

Most of us pay no heed to our mythology. It's the water we swim in, and we take it completely for granted. Or worse, we discount whatever smells of mythology. "That's just a myth," the saying goes, meaning an untruth, something believed without a shred of evidence.

5 Ways to Keep the Magic of Christmas

Toni Nagy | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

As I frantically search Amazon for the perfect Lady Bug costume that isn't too itchy, has antennas and comes with a tutu (but not a black one, only red), I can't help but feel conflicted. Gifts are a huge part of the exhilaration children feel at Christmas, but I don't want it to be limited to that.

Is America's 'Money Complex' Bankrupting Its Character? Interview With Psychoanalyst Tom Singer, M.D.

Pythia Peay | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Pythia Peay

"As a psychologist viewing the country as a patient, I think we've become over-identified with the accomplishments of the 'cultural ego.'"

Portrait of a Walmart With You as the Subject

Max Levitte | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
Max Levitte

Walmart and high-priced art aren't often mentioned in the same sentence. But artist Brendan O'Connell turns the discount shopping experience into upmarket culture.

In Defense of Hypocrisy

The Cornell Sun | Posted 06.12.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

As a white activist, I get this a lot. What does a white liberal weekend revolutionary know about police brutality? What gives me the cultural authority to quote the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron? And who the hell do I think I am?

Breaking the Consumer Addiction

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

The problem is that the ease with which we buy online is now rubbing off on our kids. The era of instant gratification blurs the line between wants and needs.

Reducing Consumption in 2012 -- An Inconvenient but Necessary Resolution

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.05.2012 | Green
Judith Samuelson

Our economy however, seems built on a set of habits that would suggest that if we all commit to the same resolution of buying less, the layoffs will only get worse. Welcome to the quandary of sustainable consumption.

Santa's War on Christmas

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

If there is a War on Christmas, the liberals are getting routed. It's time for evangelicals to declare victory on this front and fight the real secular threat to the true meaning of Christmas: Santa Claus.

Space Invaders

Charles Kolb | Posted 02.06.2012 | Business
Charles Kolb

I'm all for our capitalist society and for making profits, but at some point. American consumers will rebel against the relentless intrusion into their private time and their private space.

Pepper Spray Hospitality

Michael W. Waters | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

We are a less hospitable nation. Hospitality has been exchanged for a heightened hostility. Let's call it pepper spray hospitality, which is, in fact, no hospitality at all. We are a spray first, ask questions later, kind of society.

Eco Etiquette: How To Have A Zero Waste Holiday Season

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 01.29.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Despite the down economy, Americans are still buying, buying, buying: This past Cyber Monday was the heaviest online shopping day of all time, with $1.25 billion spent. And as a result, our garbage cans are fuller than ever.

Consuming To Create Jobs: A Moral Dilemma For People Of Faith

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

Many economists are urging Americans to go into the market and buy more things for the sake of jobs. But for people of faith, this imperative to buy creates a difficult moral dilemma.

Shop Smarter -- And Smaller -- This Christmas

Sarah Wexler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Wexler

Americans tend to over-consume, which is especially true over the holidays -- from gorging ourselves on Christmas cookies to spending ourselves into debt on presents.

Black Friday Rehab

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John DeCock

This year, celebrate Black Friday as Buy Nothing Day. Go one full day without a single consumer transaction. But keep the TV off.

A Buddhist Vision of Life Aside From Consumerism

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Craig K. Comstock

I don't know whether the Buddha ever rioted for austerity, but he certainly counseled against arousing rampant desire, especially as a way of life.

We've Lost Our Rights, to Corporations

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Corporations are the new citizens of this country, and ordinary Americans, who used to be known as "citizens," now fall into three categories: consumers, warriors and prisoners.

War on Christmas: Who Is the Enemy?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Merritt

In reality, Christmas for Americans--and yes, even the Christian ones--is shaped more by Currier and Ives than Joseph and Mary.