The Impact Of Consumerism And Consumer Culture

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After high school, college is where most students go to increase their knowledge, challenge themselves, and advance their ideas. Sometimes, college is looked at as a stepping stone to entering into the job market or becoming more refined. However, some see universities conforming to the consumer society, causing students to become less challenged academically and less ready for the real world. Colleges are acting more like businesses and less like a colleges. Competition amongst universities is causing large amount of debt, as these colleges build expensive new buildings in order to attract more students. The large amount of debt accumulated by these universities is directly related to tuition fee increases. Consumerism or consumer culture…show more content…
The college student of today is very much immersed in this consumer culture. Students can often be found fixated on their phones or engaged in social media. Students occupied by the consumer culture may choose their classes based off the scores of an online professor ranking website, or select a college to attend based on the school’s amenities. A portion of the consumer culture is the need to be entertained. In Neil Postman’s Television as Teacher, Postman indicates entertainment has taken over the class room. Edmundson states, “like American culture writ large, is, to put it crudely, ever more devoted to consumption and entertainment, to the using and using up of goods and images”(324). The student has become the ultimate consumer of a college education, and the faculty are feeling the…show more content…
The cost of higher education has left the American public one trillion dollars in student loan debt. The cost of universities across the United State and the world have been on the back of the consumer. Overall debt levels more than doubled from 2000 to 2011 at the more than 500 institutions rated by Moody’s, according to inflation-adjusted data (Martin). The universities spending is out of control and the students are suffering the consequences. With Tuition continuing to increase along with the cost of books and housing, college may not be affordable in the

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