VC501 – Design Manifesto: Great Consumerism Quotes

“It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can’t see.” – Andy Warhol

“An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.” – Andy Warhol

“What’s great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.” – Andy Warhol

“By continually pushing the message that we have the right to gratification now, consumerism at its most expansive encouraged a demand for fulfillment that could not so easily be contained by products.” – Ellen Willis

“It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media.” – Christopher Lasch

“Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism, of which modern art is largely a mirror image.” – Christopher Lasch

“My hope is that people will be repulsed by the character’s complete lack of ethics and obsession with consumerism – that’s what I was saying about the difference between the character’s message and the film’s message.” – Christian Bale

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.” – Author Unknown

“You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.” – Eric Hoffer

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” – Vernon Howard

“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.” – From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

“He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.” – Author Unknown

“The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.” – Paul Heyne

“There’s a whole segment of the population with a mentality that bases good times on where they can go and what they can buy.” – Jeff Foxworthy

“In our rich consumers’ civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions” – Max Lerner

“With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our litany, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision of America’s exalted purpose and inspiring way of life?” – Adlai Stevenson

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” – Terence McKenna

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.” – Noam Chomsky

The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.” – (Analects 4.9)” – Confucius

“Our mental environment is a common-property resource like the air or the water. We need to protect ourselves from unwanted incursions into it, much the same way we lobbied for nonsmoking areas ten years ago.” – Kalle Lasn, Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge – And Why We Must

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