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InvisibleZero7a1
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Consuming Separation
    #2159642 - 12/04/03 11:18 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

Im almost through writing a paper for my english class, its about consumerism and how it serves to separate people. But i cant find the information i need to finish. I will put the paper up on here as soon as i have it completed. IF anyone has any links to world poverity/resource type of distribution, please post them. I need a more solid site that what i have, your help would be much appreciated! here is a link to some staggering statistics.

Rich V.S. Poor


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InvisibleRandalFlagg
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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2159699 - 12/04/03 11:45 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

Consumerism doesn't serve to do anything. It is merely the process
of people wanting things to bring comfort and enjoyment to their
lives.


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InvisibleZero7a1
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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #2159709 - 12/04/03 11:50 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

do you know of any links like the ones i provided?


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InvisibleZero7a1
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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2159713 - 12/04/03 11:52 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

for starters, ill give you a tease.

A new pair of shoes everyday is a costly habit for those who can afford the price. But that price exceeds beyond the wallet, it can cost the normal consumer their house, family, their health, and equally important, their since of humanity. Most often these ridiculous behaviors are seen in the rich, heard about more than most, the celebrities. Having the power to purchase any product or service at any given time or place has unleashed a new dilemma within society. No longer are people limited to barter or meeting with someone to discuss a business transaction. With the invention of the internet, it becomes obvious of the condition humanity finds itself in. Individuals no longer need to look their business dealers face to face. As a result our society is filled with hungry consumers, when put back into human interaction, are cold from a consumer venue that allows them to escape the trivialities of human contact.
This compulsive urge to buy and consume has led people astray from one another. Consumption has led people to think for themselves alone and therefore alienating themselves from the rest of humanity. From cell phones and cereal to cars and plane tickets, celebrities are telling people that their way to live is the only way to live. While those fortunate enough to relax and indulge the themselves in these base pleasures, many suffer the obvious burden of reality and work menial jobs or suffer in silence to the world which benefits those in power, and where power is how much an individual can consume. Consumerism is a problem within society that has caused people to become separated among one another.


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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2159722 - 12/04/03 11:57 PM (13 years, 2 days ago)

So, you are saying that excessive consumerism draws a person's
attention away from their fellow man. I agree with that assertion.

Does that mean you advocate limiting what people consume?

Anytime a country tries to control people's economic behavior to
bring about an ideal world, tyranny ensues.


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InvisibleZero7a1
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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #2159731 - 12/05/03 12:03 AM (13 years, 2 days ago)

im trying to get the idea across taht people should control themselves, think about the rest of the world. What they buy is not important to me, what is important is keeping people united and showing them that their actions push eachother away further, that buy consuming more than is necessary, they are hurting themselves in the process.


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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2160053 - 12/05/03 02:01 AM (13 years, 2 days ago)

Many blatantly bogus "facts" in that link. I sure hope you're not using any of them in your paper.

pinky


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InvisibleZero7a1
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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Phred]
    #2160263 - 12/05/03 03:05 AM (13 years, 2 days ago)

i decided to use this link instead.

Think Quest

i knew that one wasnt the best link, so i needed to find a different one. I found it.. .after like 2 hours. *sigh*. i will post the rest of my paper later. *hope i do good*...  :ooo:


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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2160711 - 12/05/03 09:11 AM (13 years, 2 days ago)

I think this is what you are looking for.


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As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know.

-Donald Rumsfeld 2/2/02 Pentagon


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InvisibleZero7a1
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Re: Consuming Separation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #2160834 - 12/05/03 10:50 AM (13 years, 1 day ago)

here is the rest.

It can be seen anywhere a person looks in a developed nation, disaffection, a lack of compassion in the eyes of the consumers. Wal-Mart stores surge with such hollow activity. A story from the associated press describes the tragic example of the state humanity finds itself in, ?A mob of shoppers rushing for a sale on DVD players trampled the first woman in line and knocked her unconscious as they scrambled for the shelves at a Wal-Mart Super center.?(Star Tribune). People, who move around in their shipping carts oblivious to the lives of others, only illustrate one problem that runs rampant throughout the world. Consumerism has caused an addiction much like any other physical addiction, filling the gaps in people?s lives with a behavior that comes at the expense of each individual. Even more so this urge to consume fills the individual with only the care for the self and not those who may be less fortunate or those who may have problems very similar to their own. It is a fact that humans consume, but not that they must have money in order to survive. In the modern world, corporations fool people into a lifestyle by telling them that their products will lead them to a higher quality of life. They have taken the natural need to consume, such as eating food for survival, into a psychological addiction bent on self fulfillment. In a world that no longer requires close groups to gather food, money becomes the medium, the message comes from the industry, and the method is the disaffectionate persona that is injected into the bodies and minds of consumers. To portray it best John Brady and Annele Moritz exclaim ?the ultimate object of desire, one so intimately bound up with our sense of self preservation and survival that we are willing to endure almost any kind of indignity on the job in order to keeping making more money.?(Brady, Newitz). Money allows consumerism to exist; because of this the boundary between people no longer is the color of the skin, or spiritual beliefs, but the one problem that has divided people since the beginning of civilization, class.
Without a hitch, consumerism is the middle man between money and the people. Those who are unable consume in this day and age, are left to feed on the decomposing social structure of society. The homeless beg for a fix to consume, which has tragically become the necessity for the impoverished in the modern era. Class awareness is hidden behind the veil of media and perpetuated by the urge to consume. As the population grows, so does the consumer market. Just as the consumer Market grows, so do the pre existing gaps between individuals. Karl Marx depicted the consumption problem when pointing out ?The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instrument of production, and thereby the relation of production, and with them the whole relations of society.?(Marx). Without adaptation the ?high? for consumption is lost, and with it the goes the means for capital gain. While children around the globe suffer from malnourishment and infections of their feet because of inadequate food and clothing, the wealthy gorge themselves in indulging activities and throw their money around like children playing in a pile of leaves. Absurd to even the most economically inexperienced individual the fact that ?the assets of the world's three richest men are more than the combined GNP of all the least developed countries on the planet ? serves to show the staggering class problems our world faces. Excessive gain on the wealthy side can be directly related to the rate at which others lose their ability to support themselves. As it exists today, there is no production without separation, no profit to acquire without consumerism to keep the system going. American and Europe share an absurd quality that demonstrates the waste consumerism produces in our planet, ?to satisfy the world's sanitation and food requirements would cost only US$13 billion- what the people of the United States and the European Union spend on perfume each year.?(The World Hunger Problem). Currently existing, is a continuous cycle of loss that only pushes the degradation of human values and human contact.
While the common phrase ?money is the root of all evil? may not be true, it makes the root of cause when it comes to consumerism and society. People everywhere look at money without a solid idea for where it stands in their lives other than its function in consuming. Because of this, people have shifted their attention away from more important matters that concern the human struggle in the world everyday. Individual worth becomes tied with images of products on television, and how they are related with higher standards of living. Rather than take the risk of solving personal issues, consumption offers instantaneous gratification of accomplishment. But because this is only such a temporary solution, the need to consume only grows as the gap for personal fulfillment widens even more. The pornography industry offers its employees with sexual gratification, coupled with the bonus of money, but leaves them without a sense of belonging or self worth. These images of self worth and ?beauty? are transferred into the public domain which sells the promise of beauty and fulfillment but at the expense of the individual. Corporate marketing strategies for such images advertise many products, ranging from bras, diamond rings, perfumes, illicit clothing, to cigarettes, beer, liquor to fast food and diet soft drinks. These products can be harmful to the individual not only physically, but financially. The illusion for a better self image through consumerism, which is sold in something so temporary, is deceptive in that it tries to sell virtues on the dollar. ?We measure human worth in money, just as we measure the value of cars and cattle and stocks.?(Brady, Newitz). Although bras, perfume, diamond rings and clothing do not pose much of a direct threat to people, the image that corporations use to attain their profits, is at least a method of deception for both men and women. As well as separating people from being complete individuals, consumerism separates people into believing that they are not like others, or that others are not like themselves. When individuals contrast their self worth to others, a distinction is formed and therefore separates individuals within society.
Separation is not limited solely to consumerism, but the affects which consumerism has on the global community are strikingly filled with images of alienation and self disappointment. Leaving out the rest of humanity, separating them into grotesque polarities, lowering the human condition to a savage state, the affects of consumerism have been an illness that has gone unnoticed in the status quo of society. While the internet is only one place where humans can escape to in times of personal distress, a depraved state of human relations takes its place in the day to day. Breaking the chains of healthy human bonds, consumerism has purchased the human soul and cut it exponentially, only to sell it back to the humans for more than it was bought. No longer do people see that they come from the same source, they have grown cold to one another and fought in the fray to keep the continuous cycle going. Staying together and adapting is what has allowed the human race to survive, but in a system that depends on the partition of individuals in order to sustain itself, the human race becomes subject to cold and lifeless separation.


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