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August 3, 2009 |
Stanley Lebergott, 91, a retired economist and professor who maintained that consumerism had brought positive changes to the American standard of living, died July 24 of cardiac arrest at his home in Middletown, Conn. Lebergott, a former government economist and Wesleyan University professor, took issue with those who disdained "consumerism" as wasteful, pointless, even immoral. Consumption, he maintained, has always been an expression of human longing rather than mere acquisitiveness.
June 29, 2013 |
Each year, Andy Ruben bought his daughter new shinguards for soccer, stashing the old gear and waiting for the replacements to labor through the delivery system to his door. But as he watched local girls outgrow their own sports equipment, Ruben realized that the items he wanted were gathering dust in garages and closets around his neighborhood. "Our whole retail model over the last 50 years has focused on keeping the industrial machine churning out items," said Ruben, who until 2007 had an up-close view as the head of sustainability at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the king of mass-produced goods.
January 27, 2008 |
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Consumerism is sometimes seen as a psychological disorder that makes sufferers compulsively buy things they don't need. But I'm not sick. I really needed the 18-karat-gold earrings and little black cocktail dress I bought here last week just as the Dubai Shopping Festival was getting underway. How could I pass them up, when shopping in this great, big bazaar, or souk, of a city for the 21st century is tax-free and, more than that, encouraged?
November 15, 2012 |
A down-at-the-heels poet is drawn into the gold rush of post-Soviet capitalism, with outrageous results, in the frequently hallucinatory "Generation P. " The big-screen adaptation of Victor Pelevin's 1999 cult novel was a hit in Russia, and though its satiric observations about consumerism and mass media are hardly earth-shattering for American audiences, the movie contains enough fresh insanity and inventive visuals to make it an amusing cyberpunk...
June 5, 2010 |
Chau Linh Uyen was playing in front of her primary school in Ho Chi Minh City two months ago when she touched a cash machine a few feet from the front gate. In a flash, as more than 100 volts coursed through her small body, the 10-year-old fourth-grader foamed at the mouth and , lost consciousness. She died within minutes. The accident, caused by a state bank's ATM that wasn't properly grounded, was hardly a fluke. An investigation a few days later found that 121 of the city's 866 cash machines were leaking electricity through their keyboards and other surfaces, many at potentially fatal levels.
February 14, 2008 |
Barbara Kruger's "Untitled (Shafted)" in the elevator of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum is one of three commissioned artworks on the grounds. (The others are John Baldessari's scrims on the building's facade and Robert Irwin's Palm Garden. And there's a fourth if you count Chris Burden's "Urban Light," which began in 2001.) Given that the three-floor building is the equivalent of six stories, Kruger's installation proved to be one of the thorniest, since it fills the interior of the elevator shaft and cannot be viewed all at once.