Consumer society Quotes


In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy. Ivan Illich

A consumer society is about simplfying and degrading the consumer as well as the product. William S Burroughs

It is in the interests of our society to promote those things that take the edge off, keep us busy with our fixes, and keep us slightly numbed out and zombie like. In this way our modern consumer society itself functions as an addict. Anne Wilson Schaef

The misery of the middle-aged woman is a gray and hopeless thing, born of having nothing to live for, of disappointment and resentment at having been gypped by consumer society, and surviving merely to be the butt of its unthinking scorn. Germaine Greer

We do not have to get rid of consumer-capitalist society before we can begin to build the new way. The way to replace the old system is to ignore it to death. Ted Trainer

[The currency of being celebrity] used to be only the elect had any manna in the information society and everyone else was a consumer. William Gibson

Aiming at giving our kids a competitive edge in a consumer society - that, in principle, is a goal that is limitless. Michael Sandel

The technological landscape of the present day has enfranchised its own electorates -the inhabitants of marketing zones in the consumer goods society, television audiences and news magazine readerships... vote with money at the cash counter... J G Ballard

Criticism is hypocrisy; society is hypocrisy. I'm a tourist. I'm a consumer. I do the things that I photograph and can be criticized of. Martin Parr

More and more people work on Sundays as a consequence of the competitiveness imposed by a consumer society. Pope Francis

People are hungry for community. They're hungry for meaning in a society that is oriented around the production and consumption of consumer goods. Mitch Kapor

It's very hard to imagine the phrase 'consumer society' used so cheerfully, and interpreted so enthusiastically, in England. Julie Burchill

Consumer society tantalises us. We then try within ourselves to control the needs that are being constantly stimulated. Susie Orbach

We cannot go beyond the consumer society unless we first understand that obligatory public schools inevitably reproduce such a society, no matter what is taught in them. Ivan Illich

On the mathematical side, you could in principle build a society in which people were fulfilling their needs and flourishing as human beings in a higher way than in a consumer society, provided you had the right investments in the opportunity to flourish in less materialistic ways. Tim Jackson

Contrary to popular stereotypes, seeking simplicity doesn't require that you become a monk, a subsistence forager, or a wild-eyed revolutionary. Nor does it mean that you must unconditionally avoid the role of consumer. Rather, simplicity merely requires a bit of personal sacrifice: an adjustment of your habits and routines within consumer society itself. Rolf Potts

There is a contradiction between market liberalism and political liberalism. The market liberals (e.g., social conservatives) of today want family values, less government, and maintain the traditions of society (at least in America's case). However, we must face the cultural contradiction of capitalism: the progress of capitalism, which necessitates a consumer culture, undermines the values which render capitalism possible Slavoj Zizek

... In a free society, skeptics are the watchdogs against irrationalism - the consumer advocates of ideas. Debunking is not simply the divestment of bunk; its utility is in offering a better alternative, along with a lesson on how thinking goes wrong. Michael Shermer

If the life-supporting ecosystems of the planet are to survive for future generations, the consumer society will have to dramatically curtail its use of resources - partly by shifting to high-quality, low-input durable goods and partly by seeking fulfillment through leisure, human relationships, and other nonmaterial avenues. We in the consumer society will have to live a technologically sophisticated version of the life-style currently practiced lower on the economic ladder. Alan Thein Durning

Within a capitalist consumer society, the cult of personality has the power to subsume ideas, to make the person, the personality into the product and not the work itself. Bell Hooks



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