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Young Adults and “Trashy Culture”

Looking at the recent success of shows like Jersey Shore, Kate Dobromilsky asks, Has the recession in America caused young adults to consume “trashy culture?” After viewing the Century of Self documentaries, I asked myself what kind of extension of the documentary I

Young Adults and “Trashy Culture”

Looking at the recent success of shows like Jersey Shore, Kate Dobromilsky asks, Has the recession in America caused young adults to consume “trashy culture?” After viewing the Century of Self documentaries, I asked myself what kind of extension of the documentary I

Moral Consumption

Erin Hodgkiss asks if today’s Consumer Society has become a market place of morality. Has the consumer culture in America become politicized? If the makers “Century of the Self” were to document consumer culture in America today, they would find

Moral Consumption

Erin Hodgkiss asks if today’s Consumer Society has become a market place of morality. Has the consumer culture in America become politicized? If the makers “Century of the Self” were to document consumer culture in America today, they would find

Present Consumer Society and the Self

Albert Camwell argues that conformity in the current consumer culture is all about announcing what is out. The present consumer culture is all about not presenting a certain image of yourself.  This has always been the goal put forth by

Present Consumer Society and the Self

Albert Camwell argues that conformity in the current consumer culture is all about announcing what is out. The present consumer culture is all about not presenting a certain image of yourself.  This has always been the goal put forth by

Seven Left Myths About Capitalism

G. B. Taylor argues: “Occupy Wall Street has renewed hope for a left political renaissance by challenging economic inequality and the neoliberal discourse that legitimated it, and reintroducing the word capitalism to political debate. The “greed” of the “1%,” counterpoised

Seven Left Myths About Capitalism

G. B. Taylor argues: “Occupy Wall Street has renewed hope for a left political renaissance by challenging economic inequality and the neoliberal discourse that legitimated it, and reintroducing the word capitalism to political debate. The “greed” of the “1%,” counterpoised

What We Want

What do Rutgers students want? Cars, computers, houses, travel and education. But mostly, cars. Asked what we wanted but couldn’t afford or would buy if money didn’t matter, this is what we had to say. But does all our happiness

What We Want

What do Rutgers students want? Cars, computers, houses, travel and education. But mostly, cars. Asked what we wanted but couldn’t afford or would buy if money didn’t matter, this is what we had to say. But does all our happiness

What does it mean to be a student in a consumer society?

Are students consumers? Are universities a marketplace? Are degrees a right of passage we buy, like tickets into the workforce? Albert Einstein once said: “The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers

What does it mean to be a student in a consumer society?

Are students consumers? Are universities a marketplace? Are degrees a right of passage we buy, like tickets into the workforce? Albert Einstein once said: “The crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers