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The Good Consumer

We asked meme warriors everywhere to send us their work. Neil Boorman sent us this piece, which outlines our roles in the system.

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i have to agree with the dissenting comment here that mirrors skepticism about boycotting consumerism (although I don't think that boycotting is necessarily the message in this film). simply boycotting is not a strong (enough) strategy to challenge conspicuous consumption on a whole new front. However, boycotting IS a strategy and can lead to personal change. Although it may not be the best tactic, it can be a powerful one, as long as it is guided by conviction, thoughtful reflection, and contemplation. I mean, boycotting for the sake of boycotting is empty and misguided. that said, the soundtrack and color-pallette of this video reflect the bleak realities of consumer culture. For that, I think it's a strong video. (THX-1138, the sci-fi film by George Lucas already had its finger on the pulse all those years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naso7_DFno8) This bit doesn't quite show directly the meditation on the emptyness of consumer culture, but there are actually scenes in which Robert Duvall (THX 1138) goes "shopping" in a mall-like place. He purchases a new dendrite everyday (in red, blue, yellow) and then comes home and automatically throws it away....)

Anonymous

i have to agree with the dissenting comment here that mirrors skepticism about boycotting consumerism (although I don't think that boycotting is necessarily the message in this film). simply boycotting is not a strong (enough) strategy to challenge conspicuous consumption on a whole new front. However, boycotting IS a strategy and can lead to personal change. Although it may not be the best tactic, it can be a powerful one, as long as it is guided by conviction, thoughtful reflection, and contemplation. I mean, boycotting for the sake of boycotting is empty and misguided. that said, the soundtrack and color-pallette of this video reflect the bleak realities of consumer culture. For that, I think it's a strong video. (THX-1138, the sci-fi film by George Lucas already had its finger on the pulse all those years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naso7_DFno8) This bit doesn't quite show directly the meditation on the emptyness of consumer culture, but there are actually scenes in which Robert Duvall (THX 1138) goes "shopping" in a mall-like place. He purchases a new dendrite everyday (in red, blue, yellow) and then comes home and automatically throws it away....)

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