The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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I think as Americans we all contribute to the materialistic society we live in, one way or another. Some people might say a line should be drawn between consumerism, a way of helping the economy by buying and the act of over consumption by having too much. I believe without any economic education, we don’t see the financial burden we cause the economy. Majority of the time when an individual receives money whether it’s the form of income, birthday, or just good luck; we feel the need to reward ourselves, even if it was the last $20 needed to pay the rent. It’s a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment, especially when it comes to shopping. Not all Americans are too attached to their stuff, we cherish the hard work and the many hours we put in to earning these goods. Time doesn’t wait for no one, trends change and upgrade every day; with lack of education, entertainment and the advertising industry it’s easy for us to get influenced and unconsciously sucked into the treadmill of consumption. If people were more educated on the consequences of their actions when it comes to the consumption of stuff; the world would probably be in a better place, especially financially. Most Americans might think taking out the trash is one of the easiest chores to do, and although it is the crisis of what happens to these materials after they’ve been thrown out is the issue. There is no proven fact that a line exists between consumerism and over consumption it’s just an opinion; people are going to judge whether we buy or not. The article “Lux Populi” states “luxury spending in the united states has been growing more than four times as fast as overall spending, and the West is not far behind” (Twitchell 72). The statement speaks for itself, we’re... ... middle of paper ... ...ertisement industry; it recognizes the needs of citizens and produces an element to encourage a sale. Advertising isn’t always based on the truth; it’s all about the money. This industry knows how to play word and mind games in their creativity to help get customer through the buying process, they don’t want to waste any time. The objective is to sweep us off our feet by spending money on a solution to a problem we didn’t even know existed. Works Cited O’Neill, A. Charles. “The Language of Advertising.” Reading for Today. Ed. Gary Goshgarian. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2008. 96. Print. Rushkoff, Douglas. “Which Once of These Sneakers Is Me?.” Reading for Today. Ed. Gary Goshgarian. New York: PearsonEducation Inc., 2008. 70. Print. Twitchell, B. James. “Lux Populi.” Reading for Today. Ed. Gary Goshgarian. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2008. 72. Print.
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