What does Consumerism mean to you?

Alexandria Davis

This past week in class we learned a lot about consumerism. Consumerism is defined as: the protection or promotion of the interests of consumers. However, I look at consumerism as the way that people of our culture go out to the stores, spend all the money that they work all day long for, the money that should be going towards retirement or bills instead, and then those (now) poor people going back to work the next day so they have the ability to repeat it the next day.

One issue I have with actual definition of consumerism is the fact that it says “protection of the interests of consumers.” My issue with that is that I do not see how spending all of our hard-earned money on things that are literally built to break within 1-5 years, is far from protection. Protection is typically when something/someone is preventing you or your good from being hurt or broken. However, that is the exact opposite of what the big markets and producers are doing by producing goods in which are meant to break in 1-5 years so we as consumers have to go buy even more of their products.

The video shown in class definitely spoke a song to me. I think we as consumers need to stand together and not allow the big producers to make goods meant to fall apart on us. We didn’t work that hard to make our money to be spent on things that don’t live up to our expectations. I feel like the images below really depict what I’m trying to preach here, as well as what the woman in the video in class was saying. We have the power, we are just too accustomed to the way life is with having to constantly buy things. How much easier would life be without the constant need to replace things? Our bills would be able to take priority and our items bought would be less of a necessity. So the question is, what does consumerism mean to you? What are you going to do about it? How do you feel about the road we are headed down?

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2 thoughts on “What does Consumerism mean to you?

  1. I really liked this article. It’s a sad world when it’s considered acceptable to be recognized and liked by what you own. Look at Apple for instance and the people that go crazy for the new upgrades. Those people had that phone for a year at the longest and they just want to upgrade because its a status symbol

    -Matthew Wurzelbacher

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  2. This makes me think instantly of Apple. The company has great products, but, they’re tactics are insane. They changed their chargers from iphone 4 to iphone 5, which made it hard for people with the iphone 4 to buy new chargers because they stopped making them. As well as this, Apple puts out yearly software updates, and if you don’t have the newest model of the iphone, this update will slow down your phone and ultimately force you to buy a newer model. It’s almost scary how this company can control our products to this extent and keep us coming back year after year.
    -Jocelyn Scott

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