A Consumerist Culture Argumentative Essay

A Consumerist Culture
Describes how consumerism has become a cultural value in American society.
# 147113 | 1,870 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2011 in Sociology (General) , Economics (General)

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This paper examines how, in today's American society, astounding purchases, the conversion of the nation's core principles and the adjustment to a public governed by consumption highlight the nation's preoccupation with consumerism. It also looks at the argument that it has made Americans too materialistic, forcing them to work too hard and spend less time with family in order to be able to buy more things. The paper concludes that since the culture of the United States of America has been overcome with this phenomenon for over 65 years, it will not soon leave. Its presence is apparent, and civilizations around the globe recognize the U.S. for its Consumerist actions and values.

From the Paper:

"The alteration of basic values of the American culture assists in revealing the presence of consumerism in the nation's society. Prior to the Second World War, Americans were virtuous and hardworking people. However, once that great war had passed, society changed. One magazine describes this change saying that America was once a nation defined by household values "conducive to work, investment, deferred gratification, and service." The magazine continues on describing that the nation has since, however, given way to "consumerist capitalism" defined by morals which are "conducive to laxity, impetuousness, narcissism, and consumption" (Barber 74). A once proud country that found working hard and doing service for one's community to be instinctual has now converted to a land of men and women who are lazy, impulsive, egotistical, and bent on purchasing in ever increasing quantities. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barber, Benjamin R. "Shrunken Sovereign Consumerism, Globalization, and American Emptiness." World Affairs Spring 2008: 73-82. Print.
  • "Consumerism." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://www.merriam-webster.com//?show=0&t=1292963814>.
  • Cronk, Rip. "Consumerism and the New Capitalism." 1996. Art on the Rebound. Venice Artists. Web. 15 Dec. 2010.
  • Masci, David. "The Consumer Culture." CQ Researcher 19 Nov. 1999: 1001+. Web. 15 Dec. 2010.
  • Prah, Pamela M. "Teen Spending." CQ Researcher 26 May 2006: 459. Web. 10 Dec. 2010.

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