In the last post, I mentioned that our consumption is increasing at an alarming rate. But is this such a bad thing? People need jobs, right? Why is consumption such a big deal?
This is a blog about consumption. And morals. It’s a blog about the ethics of shopping, about the global implications of our everyday purchases.
As an economic sociology researcher, I spend a lot of time thinking about the consumer culture in which our society is engrossed. We emulate the latest trends. We upgrade our iPhones with each new release. We even go shopping for fun. We consume all the time without thinking about it – every time we use a paper towel, pop in a stick of gum, or fill up our gas tanks. And there’s a whole other side of this process: production. The laptops we use, the shoes we wear, and the food we buy all have to be made. By people.