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consumerism

an organized movement to protect the interests of CONSUMERS by forcing companies to behave in a more socially responsible manner. The movement developed in response to the increasing technical complexity of products, the growing power of big businesses and environmental pollution. In many countries there are now consumer bodies, such as the Consumer Association in the UK, which provide product-testing facilities and publish comparative information on products through magazines such as Which. See GREEN CONSUMER.

consumerism

an organized movement to protect the economic interests of CONSUMERS. The movement developed in response to the growing market power of large companies and the increasing technical complexity of products. It embraces bodies such as the Consumers’ Association in the UK, which is concerned with product testing and informing consumers through publications such as Which? Consumerism has been officially incorporated into British COMPETITION POLICY since the 1973 FAIR TRADING ACT. See CONSUMER PROTECTION.
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In his plea for the role of consumers and entrepreneurs, Goldthwaite works Giovanni Pontano's Trattati delle virtu sociali (1498) onto a Procrustean bed by reading this five-part discussion as an early consumerist primer.
As if the inherent distortion in journalistic values weren't bad enough, there's not a lot of evidence that the consumerist model has worked.
Nevertheless, over the past five years or so the courts, like other public agencies, have become increasingly bound to the consumerist bandwagon.
Similarly, small faith communities within parishes, such as those linked through the network Parishes Restructuring into Communities, attempt to move beyond the "consumerist mentality to the idea that we don't live in the world and go to church; (rather) our life is the community and the community is about our life and our reflection about our experience.
What can be hoped for is a gradual weakening of the consumerist ethos of affluent societies.
All of the information is viewable in DirecTV's (http://sports.directv.com/rs_fee.htm) online tool , but was first (https://consumerist.com/2017/03/08/directvs-regional-sports-fees-make-no-sense-you-may-be-paying-87year-more-than-your-neighbor/) brought to the attention of the Consumerist when a DirecTV customer contacted them when she noticed a sudden increase on her monthly bill related to the regional sports fee.
The Consumerist website stated: "Not only do these stickers appear to not have any sort of technology that would prevent the scanners from seeing your bits, the full-body scanners only show the general outline of your body anyway.
Feminist, postmodern, and cultural studies theorists have long argued that from the beginning of modern capitalist, consumerist cultures in the late nineteenth century, women have been spectacles of objectified desire.
"To describe his impatience with the trendy, consumerist way of life, I set the ballet in our time's Vanity Fair--a department store, the place where my Petrushka fights to defend the real values of life: love, beauty, freedom.
Is it because we are doing nothing objectionable, nothing to upset the empire, nothing to challenge consumerist society, nothing to interrupt the demonic status quo?
Speaking in London at the Royal Society of Arts last month, Rem Koolhaas gave an excoriating analysis of the condition of architects in a consumerist global economy, citing his own description of it as a 'poisonous mixture of megalomania and impotence'.
Implicated though it may be, art has long attempted to engage questions of consumerism and luxury, in particular by blurring the lines between critique of consumption and actual inflammation of consumerist desire.

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