Consumer Culture

Why Consumer Culture Must Shoulder Some Blame for the Riots

Steve McKevitt | Posted 01.10.2012 | Home
Steve McKevitt

I believe that the riots were, in part at least, a consequence of keeping people in a permanently dissatisfied state and persuading them that their lives will be improved by owning something they haven't got, can't afford and almost certainly don't need.

We've Got Everything We Want - So Why Are We So Bloody Miserable?

Steve McKevitt | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Steve McKevitt

We are living through a time of endless choice and unlimited convenience. Whether we're deciding on cars, mobile phones, holidays or simply which sandwich to have for lunch, the range of available options can be genuinely overwhelming. Yet with so much effort dedicated to giving us what we want, and enjoying unprecedented levels of income, entertainment, and calories as 21st century Britons, we don't appear any happier for it. In return for having Everything Now, we have to work harder and longer. According to the TUC, UK employees work some of the longest hours in Europe, so it's no surprise that unhappiness at work is often cited as a major cause of this broader discontent.

Cambridge Student Gets Go-Ahead To Go Gaga

Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A Cambridge student has been granted permission base his dissertation on a rather unusual subject - pop princess Lady Gaga. Staff at the prestigiou...