Author Archives: Emma

Voluntary Simplicity

A life of voluntary simplicity seems to be the exact opposite of conspicuous consumption that we discussed in our first week. We have come full circle from upper middle class competitive consumption to hippie-ish ideas about conservation and simple living. … Continue reading

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Mall

On Friday, April 20th, I visited the Springfield Mall at 11:30 in the morning. I was supposed to get there by 11:00 but I got help back in traffic and then a little lost. I finally saw the mall and … Continue reading

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Purchasing Power

This book was really interesting, though I wish she had had more of a variety in the ages of the children observed as well as in the areas in which she observed. My favorite part that I found most interesting … Continue reading

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Born to Buy

This book was interesting as it discussed the effects of consumerism and materialism on children. I was surprise by many of the statistics provided in the book that show how this is only getting exponentially worse. While I was surprised … Continue reading

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Hunger Games Archery

I recently went to see the Hunger Games in theaters, a movie I would recommend to anyone. Having seen it twice, each time I left the theater I had the desire to learn more about archery. I would love to … Continue reading

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A Year Without…

This book was interesting and comical. It makes you think about how many of your own products are from China and when you do realize just how much you are surrounded by Chinese products it is overwhelming. That was my … Continue reading

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Overspent American

This reading really shows how much Americans get pulled into a certain lifestyle. I was surprised by how many factors really go into this vortex of consumerism. Not only is it TV and commercials that invent needs, trends and desires … Continue reading

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Nickle and Dimed

This experiment reminded me of those documentaries on fast food and healthcare. Taking yourself out of your familiar, comfortable lifestyle and plunging into a low-wage lifestyle can me a humbling experience as well as open your eyes to what is … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart Fieldwork

At 11:00 on Friday the 16th of March, I went to the Wal-Mart in Central Park in Fredericksburg. The weather was clear and warm at around 55 degrees and sunny. Felicia drove me in her car, so I didn’t have … Continue reading

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To Serve God and Wal-Mart

I was really surprised to learn the history of Wal-Mart in this reading. I never knew that the company thrived due to Christian ideals, though it does not surprise me that the first store was in a rural community. It … Continue reading

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