consumer culture

Facebook has been researching the extent of its power over our behavior, manipulating its own users as guinea pigs. On election
Politeness can work against everyone's best interest. It can make us accepting of substandard, overpriced goods and services to the benefit of mediocre companies.
Enjoying what has been a glorious and global 30-year career, the boyish-at-50 French-born artist Speedy Graphito has the next 30 years in his sites. So he did what a lot of people do when they develop an appetite for reinvention -- they sail to America.
A new study by Yale researchers attempts to create categories of likely future shooting victims in Chicago and thus determine who among us is most in danger. But in the process the study, at least as it was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, utterly depersonalized the potential victims, along with their communities, reducing them to components in a mathematical formula.
Zipcar and Airbnb demonstrate the power of the sharing economy, which has taken off with the simple promise of liberating people from the hassles and costs of ownership and overpriced commercial services.
HuffPost's Third Metric seeks to redefine success beyond money and power. Today we discuss our endless journey to buy and satisfy.
HuffPost's Third Metric seeks to redefine success beyond money and power. As part of our ongoing series, we want to know why we acquire so many things. Does materialism bring us happiness?
In a poignant, viral Huffington Post blog last month, "If You Shop On Thanksgiving, You're Part Of The Problem," writer Matt
Everywhere I look, someone is trying to influence my decisions. They think that if they can say just the right words, they will succeed in transferring my money into their bank account. To these people I say: "How stupid do you think I am?"
Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.
We have tied ourselves up in knots of late by using happiness as the barometer of who we are, what we are and what we're doing.
Excess and emptiness, the perfect American submarine. These sparkly spaces are designed to pump us up, make us feel more alive, and yet the lived experience is one of enervation and death.
When value systems are involved, audiences are more than happy to spread a brand's message into the marketplace.
Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.
The golden arches of McDonalds have joined the American flag and the bald eagle as a distinctive symbol of America.
An occupation of diversity and of transformation is an occupation and a vocation for which we are born, which is to be in communion with all things and each other through love.
One of the reflections of the way both religions have lost their ethical core is that the vast majority of people in both religious worlds have allowed their winter holidays into orgies of consumerism.
I'm not so sure that the reality of Christ has a Return On Investment that would be attractive to the big banks. They are two very different ideas of what's "priceless."
In our effort to find satisfaction in consumption, we're converted from citizens to consumers. The implications are profound. Consider the impact on just two parts of our lives: the family and the community.
No, the 5-digit PLU codes on produce do not tell you what is genetically modified or natural. These numbers, organized by the Produce Marketing Association, have nothing to do with you.