Category Archives: Reflection Blog

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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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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Male Shoppers and Mobile Apps

Both of these articles were interesting in their perspectives. One talks of how men are becoming more crucial to cater to, and another, how women are the main customers to keep happy. I was surprised by many of the statistics … Continue reading

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Clicks and Mortar

This article made some amazing connections and brought up many interesting things to think about. Was it the World Wide Stock or the King Road Drag that was the beginning of the revolution? I liked the use of internet wording … Continue reading

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Downtown America, Part 1

This first section of Downtown America by Alison Isenberg, explores the rise and fall of “Downtown America”. The ‘Downtown Ideal’ was loved and venerated when it first emerged as an American hotspot. What I found most interesting was the links … Continue reading

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Satisfaction Guaranteed, Part 2

In this section of the book, Strasser discusses many interesting things about promoting goods and the introduction of more modern stores. The fact that children are special targets for promotional materials seems obvious, yet still incredibly interesting. Another thing I … Continue reading

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Satisfaction Guaranteed Part 1

Strasser explains how Crisco is an artifact of a culture in the making, “a culture founded on new technologies and structured by new personal habits and new economic forms.” The emergence of technology changed American culture in more ways than … Continue reading

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Fiske

In the very first sentence, the metaphor of shopping malls as cathedrals and consumption as a religion was interesting. Fiske then compared religion with consumption saying that religion had no power while the power of consumerism is endless. While I … Continue reading

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