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"I shop therefore I am" --Barbara Kruger


"The pseudoneeds imposed by modern consumerism cannot be opposed by any genuine needs or desires [and] unleashes an unlimited artificiality which overpowers any living desire [which] ends up by falsifying all social life." --Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, thesis 68

This structure, the Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, symbolizes the rise of consumer culture and the start of industrial design.
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This structure, the Crystal Palace, built for the Great Exhibition of 1851, symbolizes the rise of consumer culture and the start of industrial design.

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Consumer is a broad label for any individuals or households that use goods and services generated within the economy. The concept of a consumer occurs in different contexts, so that the usage and significance of the term may vary.

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