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.
Writer, lecturer, radio producer and author of Get Real
Eliane Glaser is a writer, lecturer, radio producer and author of Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life, published by Fourth Estate. She writes for the Guardian and other places, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves and other programmes. She writes about how politicians and corporations distort reality and shape public opinion, and how our desires for progress and authenticity are co-opted and sold back to us as empty brands – from fake people power to cyber-utopianism, from oil-company greenwash to mass-market organics.
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