shopping


It’s my last day driving before heading back east for Christmas. And I’m not feeling very well. (Cough! Cough!) Digression: Can someone help me with this “back east” thing? Are we talking…









Wear a mask, pay cash, and break out your old brick cell phone. Consumer Reports tells all: High-resolution video cameras monitor all areas in and outside the  store. With facial-recognition software, your…


Craving the excitement that consumerism arouses, Darius Kazemi designed the Amazon Random Shopper, which buys random object each month, and documents the results. Could this randomized consumption prove more rewarding than shopping…




Via the The New Inquiry, Christina Kral and Adriana Valdez Young on the connection between the two activities that may be opposite sides of the same coin: What is the relationship between…


Some would argue that in our patriarchal, capitalist society, the male-female gender binary is enforced and emphasized, and a never-ending supply of unnecessary consumer items is churned out for people to purchase….





Shopping and the consumerist impulse are lambasted as empty and selfish. But the New Left Project has an entirely different, novel view of consumerism: Shopping is usually a collective act. Most of…


Hungry Beast offers a three-minute primer on how architecture and design elements in shopping malls have been tested and tweaked to create “scripted disorientation” and manipulate and channel our behavior. Most of us have heard of some of the consumption-encouraging tricks used within individual stores, but not necessarily those occurring on a larger level in the surrounding structures and environs. Someday businesses will perfect a method for getting us to shop for just as long as they wish us to: