The typical suburban backyard of the future?
Retrosuburbia.com (with permission)
The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic 'degrowth'? Here's how it might unfold.
Record companies released stereo demonstration albums that showcased how sound could move from left to right, creating a sense of movement.
From the collection of Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder
Sixty years ago, stereo promised to forever change the way people listened to music. But how could record companies convince customers to buy a new record player, speakers and amplifier?
Trash or treasure?
The internet makes it easier for discarded stuff to land in someone else's home instead of the dump.
Roxy Jacenko and daughter Pixie (centre) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2016. Pixie’s Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers and she has a signature line of hair bows.
A growing number of parents are making money out of their children by turning them into social media celebrities. But the chimera of corporate branding is no antidote for lives lived in precarious times.
Do you distrust the companies that profit from the goods and services you buy? Research suggests most of us do.
Research shows that consumers don't like it when businesses make money. Why?
Research indicates that up to a third of all food is wasted – but also shows that anti-waste campaigns frequently backfire.
Research shows that campaigns that try to make consumers feel guilty about the amount they waste often make things worse, not better. A new study poins the way to more effective anti-waste campaigns.
Having the right rucksack matters in the playground.
Consumerism is entering the playground and placing further pressure on already stretched parents.
Some young people are getting into credit card debt to achieve the ideal lives they see portrayed on social media.
When young adults create and share online content focused on consumer products, it can trigger a social comparison process that results in feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem.
The socialist traffic symbol Ampelmann, seen here in Berlin, constitutes an international brand empire. In the age of mass consumerism, what’s behind a nostalgia for socialist symbols and the sugarcoating of socialist regimes?
In the age of rampant consumerism, there is nonetheless an odd nostalgia for socialist regimes and symbols. What does it mean?
A man browsing the shoe department in a shopping centre. Can he really afford new shoes, and does he really need them?
Under some circumstances, people may feel wealthier than they actually are and this makes them psychologically more prone to increase their spending, as well as their borrowing.
A short history of Easter egg economics.
New technologies are invading fashion boutiques.
To survive the crisis, fashion companies are relying on new technologies. New players, new customer experience, big data – the whole sector is changing.
Queer Eye has made some strides. In this new version, the producers have addressed broader issues of gender, race, religion and politics than before. However, the show as before, showcases consumerism as the way to a better life.
The new Queer Eye has viewers hooked on its emotional ride through men's lives, aiming to embrace diversity and counter toxic masculinity. Yet its focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals.
Living alongside humans gets noisier all the time.
From the oil that makes your petrol, to car parts, to the groceries and other things in your weekly shop, retail consumerism is driving a boom in the amount of noise in the world's oceans.
The Choose Love pop-up store in London set up to help refugees.
Materialism has an ugly face but it is here to stay. Rather than focusing efforts to diminish it we should utilise materialism to benefit wider society.
If you find help messages from factory and delivery workers in your presents this season, how should you respond?
Simple living in a complex time – is a return to frugality the key to happiness?
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
Closed on November 24.
On Black Friday, November 24, outdoor retailer REI will close its stores and urge customers to #OptOutside. But a historian calls this popular campaign light green environmentalism at best.
“That strange desire to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need.”
A new book about what we consume and what it is doing to us raises lots of good points, but lacks a little on the ‘what is to be done’ question.
One happy customer.
EPA-EFE/Koen van Weel
Why do so many people queue overnight (or longer) for an over-priced, at best incrementally-changed gadget?