SWM Archive: Consumerism

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Over the past year I have been thinking about what it means to be a "consumerist." To often Consumerism is conflated with gluttony. Judged by the Eames' motto of "The best, for the most, for the least" consumerism is perhaps one of the most humane ideologies ever conceived.

John Powers
Star Trek: A Future Abandon to Clowns & Rubes Social Organization, Consumerism, A Decade, Worlds Of Fun, Clowns, Star Trek, Abandoned, The Past, Archive

Star Trek: A Future Abandon to Clowns & Rubes

Trekky; Trotsky When I was in my early 20s all my friends were returning from trips to Europe telling stories about what rubes Ameri...

Hasbro's Twister Damien Hirst's Spot Challenge (Return to Part II ) Like "commodity", "consumerism" is not a word us. Size Of Texas, Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Game Art, Buy Art, The Past, Games, Connection, Archive

Buying The Art Game

Hasbro's Twister (1966); Damien Hirst's Spot Challenge (2012) (Return to Part II ) Like "commodity", "consumerism" is not a word us...

Junkets: Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard (ca Damien Hirst (return to Part III ) When we use the word "art" in its modern sense, we are. Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Word Art, Savage, The Past, Archive, King, French, Modern

Biographical Extraterritoriality

Junkets: Gabriel-Julien Ouvrard (ca 1815); Damien Hirst (return to Part III ) When we use the word "art" in its modern sense, we are...

Spot Shops- Art is a commodity-ness outlier, a black swan out at the far edge of the consumer economy's left field. Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Postmodernism, The Past, Photo Wall, Post Modern, Black Swan, Frame

Spot Shops

Andreas Gursky, 99 Cent. (1999); $30 Damien Hirst spot themed coffee mugs ( Return to Part I ) "Laundry detergent is a commodity,"...

 the cynical mariage of art and commerce: Jeff Koons, Total Equilibrium Tank New Wet/Dry Trip. Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Consumerism, Archive, Floor, Paintings, This Or That Questions, Marketing, Home Decor

Spot Markets

Of vitrine and vitriol; the cynical mariage of art and commerce: Jeff Koons, Total Equilibrium Tank (1985), New Wet/Dry Trip...

 Larry Gagosian promotion When I am asked to give an 'artist talk' for students, something I very much enjoy. Art Students, A Classroom, Consumerism, Star Trek, Archive, Writing, People, Blog, Blogging

Spot™

Cap'n Crunch promotion; Larry Gagosian promotion When I am asked to give an 'artist talk' for students, something I very much enjoy...

Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman Homemade Costume - 2013 Halloween Costume Contest Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Lambert, Halo 2 Game, Studio Ghibli, Cartoon Network, Bungie Games, It's A Heartache, Yukon Cornelius

Star Trek and Satiability

Binge Drinking: Evil Kirk and anti- Occupy Wall Street Critics of consumerism, on both the Right and Left, usually count it...

Anglo Spring: Why We Fight - What every critic of consumerism misses, & that its defenders miss as well, is that what is extraordinary about consumer culture is not it's obvious excesses, alienation, moral confusions, or shallowness (those traits are hallmarks of any and all human culture). What is extraordinary is that consumers will fight, & fight hard. Fight Fight, Consumer Culture, Consumerism, Critic, Defenders, The Past, Archive, Politics, Spring

Anglo Spring: Why We Fight

Love in the social network free riots of Vancouver; Hate at th...

Wisconsin's "unseemly Gustave Courbet, The Burial at Ornan When Gustave Courbet showed his painting, The Buri. Gustave Courbet, Consumerism, Wisconsin, Cities, The Past, Archive, Politics, England, London

Anglo Spring: Sociopathocracy

Wisconsin's "unseemly circus"(2011); Gustave Courbet, The Burial at Ornan (1850) When Gustave Courbet showed his painting, The Buri...

Downton Abbey Irascables The painter Jasper Johns famously observed that, “artists are the elite of the servan. Jasper Johns, Modern Artists, Consumerism, Fails, The Past, Archive, Politics, Note, In This Moment

Anglo Spring: It is time for this unseemly circus to stop.

Downton Abbey (2010); Irascables (1950) The painter Jasper Johns famously observed that, “artists are the elite of the servan...

White Walls, Consumerism (A Conclusion) Economies Of Scale, Postwar, It's Meant To Be, Consumerism, White Walls, Economics, Abundance, Wealth, The Past

White Walls, Consumerism (A Conclusion)

Consumerism's carrot and stick: Jobs vs. no jobs. ( Part 10 ) This summer, as I watched the DSK prosecution stall and collap...

 Damien Hirst's century nihilist Spots (Return to Part IV ) "Bourgeoisie" and ". Georges Seurat, Damien Hirst, Pointillism, Consumerism, 21st Century, Separate, The Outsiders, The Past, Frames

Pointless

Georges Seurat 19th century anarchist pointillism; Damien Hirst's 21st century nihilist Spots (Return to Part IV ) "Bourgeoisie" and "...

Star Trek: Utopians at War Consumer Culture, Savages, Total War, It's Meant To Be, Modern Warfare, Consumerism, Wells, Star Trek, Goal

Star Trek: Utopians at War

HG Wells, JT Kirk "This is now a war for peace" wrote the Radium Age scifi master, H.G. Wells , in 1914, "This is the greates...

Star Trek: A Diamond Age Social Contract Social Contract, Religious Text, Legal System, It's Meant To Be, Consumerism, Star Trek, New Books, The Past, Archive

Star Trek: A Diamond Age Social Contract

Debating the future: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (1969) ; Occupy Wall Street (2011) In his new book, The Origins of Political...

Deseases of excess; Captain Kirk, Ayn Rand My friend Guan asked where "rugged individualism" fits into my understanding of the Americ. Environmental Degradation, Consumerism, Global Warming, Star Trek, The Past, Archive, Stars, American

Star Trek and Gluttony

Deseases of excess; Captain Kirk, Ayn Rand My friend Guan asked where "rugged individualism" fits into my understanding of the Americ...

Star Trek Director JJ Abrams picked three other Brits — Alice Eve, Noel Clarke and Benedict Cumberbatch — for the new Star Trek film, wh. Movies Out Now, New Movies, Movies To Watch, Uk Actors, Actors & Actresses, New Star Trek, Simon Pegg, Movie Tickets, Consumerism

Star Trek and Postscarcity Consumerism

James Doohan and Simon Pegg as Scotty Even if many Americans have lost track of the full promise of the American Dream - the dream th...

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