Don’t Just Stand There… CONSUME SOMETHING!



By D.A.

Hello sports fans! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Now that the quadrennial election festivities are once again in the books and we’ve dutifully selected our Queen, er… King, er… Reality TV Star… in Chief, it’s time for we Americans to once again do what we do best and the one task for which we were all born and bred: launch into our annual orgiastic feast of gluttony, greed, avarice, and all around irresponsible behavior, during what we lovingly and only slightly mockingly call our holiday season.

About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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5 Responses to Don’t Just Stand There… CONSUME SOMETHING!

  1. Jack Waddington says:

    If all this holiday stuff was just for children … it might have some legitimacy

    Otherwise, I see it all as madness.

    Jack Waddington

    • Disaffected says:

      I’ve always recognized – even when I was one – that children were just the hook used to get at the adults’ money. It’s akin to appeals to Patriotism, which clever marketers have also brought into the holiday marketing mix, in that you simply can’t win by arguing directly, or even indirectly it seems, against them. And I didn’t even have time to get into the sports (American football) tie-ins, which are now enormous as well. And in the end, all of this holiday madness stuff just highlights the fact that exponential growth leveraged industrial capitalism is the great consumptive beast foretold in the apocalyptic disaster myths of old, and that it’s rapidly running out of nourishment to satisfy it’s infinite appetite. But I will say, the marketing plan remains genius. By appealing primarily to children (even the grown up versions, which we’ve all steadily become), marketers are constantly grooming their next generation of marks, er… customers.

      • Jack Waddington says:

        Disaffected: I agree whole haredly. It’s marketing madness, Then we think capitalism is a good idea. I don’t, and I’ve long advocated the abolition of money. I don’t see it happening any time soon and when I try to discuss the idea it gets no more than a two second dismissal. BWTF.

        Anyway, now I’m old ednought to keep relatively far away most of it, buts it’s hard.

        Meantime, take care all. Jack Waddington

      • Disaffected says:

        And I guess no discussion of marketing and consumerism would be complete without giving credit to the recognized master, Edward Bernays, who was fittingly enough, Sigmund Freud’s nephew. Talk about familial legacies! We are all now, even a century later, still just living out their worst nightmares.

        By the way Sandy, I just love that artwork! It is so mid-century American! Quite an odd time in human history, in retrospect.

  2. kulturcritic says:

    I’m closing off responses here. You guys should be responding on the site of the main article.

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