Consumerism

The Magic Men Making Us Broke

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Companies design for planned obsolescence - so that products breakdown forcing us to buy more and more often. But it was us that created psychological obsolescence. We want the newest, shiniest whatever the second it is available regardless of whether the slightly older, slightly less shiny thing is still working perfectly or is in no way demonstrably inferior.

Soulwash - Is Western Spirituality Just Camouflaged materialism?

Daniel Crockett | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Crockett

I, like many other agnostic young people living in the spiritual void of modern Britain, flirt with the idea of spirituality. As a spiritual dilettante, I reluctantly stretch through the odd yoga class or attempt to silence the endless flow of internal chatter using occasional meditation.

Why Are Women More Likely to Go Bankrupt Than Men?

Sarah Moyes | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Moyes

It was revealed last week that young women are more likely to fall into personal insolvency than young men of the same age. The figures, which were quite alarming if you're a woman, showed that nearly eight out of 10,000 young women became insolvent last year, compared to just four men in 10,000.

Free - A Manifesto

Joseph Finlay | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Free is good. We should make as many things as possible free... Everyone will feel more free because of the lack of gates/checkouts and the reduction of the use of money will free our minds from having to constantly think about money.

Buying the Book the Old-Fashioned Way

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Orlagh McCarron

It's a case of first world problems at their finest. Individually, paying the extra amount for an item that is locally crafted and sold as oppose to opting for the cheaper, mass-produced variety makes little difference but changes are wrought when carried out collectively; local businesses thrive and that personal sense of locality and camaraderie can live on alongside our virtual communities.

Halal Hysteria: It's About Muslims, NOT Animal Welfare

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

The recent anti-halal hysteria has nothing to do with the welfare of animals. It's just good old-fashioned Islamophobia. This is not to say that some people don't have sincere concerns about the way in which animals are slaughtered: they do. But these are not the people now jumping on the anti-halal bandwagon.

Does More Really Mean Less?

Stella Photi | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

Amidst incessant TV flicker and commercial bombardment this noisy nation seems destined to become possessed by its possessions. With dwindling opportunity to truly disconnect from everyday distractions it's easy to take the things that really matter for granted. Can we ever find happiness in a new car? Meaning in an iPad?

The Fashion Revolution

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun

The grounds upon which the eight storey commercial building collapsed were swampy and the cracks on its walls were large. Garment workers were forced to go back to work knowing that this building was unsafe to work in.

When Less is Enough: Overcoming Affluenza

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

When I visit the US I'm never quite sure how long it will take me to adjust or how I will react. Memories, both positive and negative abound. The lo...

Inconspicuous Branded Consumption Is the New Business Buzzword in Retail

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Previously, economists have coined the term the 'lipstick effect' to describe consumers' desire to increase their purchase of goods, like lipstick and chocolate, when faced with an economic or social crisis.

China's Trans-Pacific Pollution

Peter Rolton | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

China has been an exportation hub for many years, supplying the rest of the globe with innumerable products on an ever-increasing scale. Unfortunately, it appears that an unwelcome additional extra has started to make its way around the world alongside these items: we're now also importing its pollution.

Fifty International Experts in Innovation and Marketing Speak to an Audience of 5,000 in Indonesia

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Here's a snapshot of the streets of Jakarta, on what could be any day of the week: 4 wheeled traffic, a fair few of which are covered in English Premier League football club stickers, crawling... Jams punctuated with swarms of buzzing motor scooters, weaving and snaking through every gap.

Before Attacking Foreign Workers Look at Your Christmas List

Will Black | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Debates about globalisation examine impacts on all concerned - whether importers of labour, food and goods or those countries losing key workers, giving up their food or being turned into polluted assembly lines. Debates about the EU and migration which lack that level of empathy - and concentrate purely on what Britain is supposedly losing - simply miss the point.

Austerity and Consumerism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Eliane Glaser | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Eliane Glaser

I wandered into a beautiful Shoreditch boutique called Labour and Wait the other day, and walked out with brown paper bags full of plain enamelled pie dishes and school canteen tumblers. Unpacking my purchases at home, I wondered why, given the asceticism of my purchases, I still felt my usual pang of shopper's guilt. If anything, it felt even worse.

The Future Is Ours to Decide: Putting Our Mouth Where Our Money Is

Kester Brewin | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Tech
Kester Brewin

Clearly, the technologies that gadgets such as Glass employ are stunning. But we must not then be stunned by them. Because it is possible to have such tools, does not mean that we should adopt them.

COP19: Right Conversation, Wrong People

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jon Alexander

I believe the answer is simple to identify, but deeply difficult to resolve. It lies in the fact that the dominant metaphor for the role of the individual in society today is that of the Consumer; and that while we talk to ourselves as Consumers, we simply will never solve climate change. Here are the four reasons why not.

Shopping At Tesco Just Got Creepier

Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Tech

There are a number of things from 'Minority Report' that we'd like to see in reality - sleek automated cars, cool gesture-based interfaces, back-stree...

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

Please reconsider your stance on voting and act positively for change by making a public commitment to taking part in the 2015 General Election.

First Admit You Have a Problem, Then Get Help: What Tesco Should Do Next

Jon Alexander | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK
Jon Alexander

Tesco's announcement, potentially, is different. If Coke are still saying 'there's a problem that we're involved in, but we're not the problem', Tesco are saying 'we are part of this problem - but we can't solve it on our own'.

Sex Sells: But What Price Genuine Change?

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Alexander

Are we really satisfied in our hamstrung, restricted role as passive consumers of the society we are given? Or do we want to step up and take a role as active citizens in the construction of something more equitable, more meaningful, and more authentically free?

Why We Need More Health and Safety Officials / Sunshine on Leith

Alexander Rankine | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Rankine

I have seen no better symbol of boundless consumerism than the giant horse statue in the middle of Leeds Trinity shopping centre. It buckles under a sack distended, I imagine, with the dubious harvest of a thousand Chinese factories, the poor beast's hooves scrabbling to stay upright upon its narrow plinth. Quite what the developers were thinking I do not know...

Green Consumerism? I Don't Buy It

Zion Lights | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

It's a similar scenario with most products that are sold as 'green' or 'sustainable' alternatives. Virtually everything we buy new leaves a hole in the ground somewhere, because raw materials are required to make any new product. Energy is required too, and that has likely been generated by coal, gas or nuclear power. That doesn't sound very green now, does it?

My Shopping Obsession

Harriet Williamson | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Williamson

I browse for clothes online every day and go into town to look for new items twice a week. I have at least sixty dresses. I'm also a student. If there's a rehab for clothes addicts, I'm definitely checking in.

The Customer Is Never Right

Chris Godfrey | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Godfrey

Tesco today announced that it would be providing customers who forgo their pleases and thank-yous with double club card points. Not to be outdone Morr...

The Hackney Fashion Hub: A Temple of Consumerism Which Will Only Exacerbate the Problem It's Seeking to Heal

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Grace Jones

Fuelling the shallow, consumerist aspirational culture (which ironically is what pervades the impoverished rioting kids) by whitewashing a veneer of affluence is not the answer. It will only increase social marginalisation and frustration. East London already has Westfield in Stratford, it does not need another twinkly mecca to consumption to further alienate its poor community.