Analysis Of Modern Materialism

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Bell. 2004. “Consumption, Modern Style” Pp. 34-50 in The Material Bell opens the section talking about the importance of being on time in today’s society. He then goes on stating that because being late is viewed as a sin today, many people wear watches. Then breaking down a traveling experience to a third-world, unindustrialized state where he met a local who wore a broken watch. Seeing this made the author realize what watches all around being worn means, people want to show off their high class status. Then listing conspicuous waste, consumption, and leisure as the representative of today’s leisure class, those who use funds in order to pay someone to do their work for them, stating that they are commanding the environment through other people. Modern Materialism is also highlighted, as it represents the watch story earlier in the passage, and leads to the most detrimental of the conspicuous categories, waste. The Story of Stuff. 2007. Maniates, Michael. 2014. “Individualzation: Plant a Tree, Buy a bike, Save the World” Pp. 343-363 in Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action, edited by D. McCarthy Auriffeille and L. King. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. This piece on individualization uses Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” as a parallel to today’s thinking on environmental restoration and conservation. The author quotes the once-ler “I’m just meeting consumer demand, If I didn’t someone else would” who is representative of big business, who

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