Thursday, July 24, 2008

Christopher Lasch Quotes

Found some pithy quotes on consumerism from Christopher Lasch, the guy who wrote about narcissism in American society. Here's the link:


Here are the best quotes:
"A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions."

"It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media."

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Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success."

"The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction."

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The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction."

"Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society."

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In our society, daily experience teaches the individual to want and need a never-ending supply of new toys and drugs."

2 comments:

  1. Culture of Narcissism was written in 1978. When Jimmy Carter referred to national malaise in 1979, he was making an allusion to this book. Carter in fact consulted with Lasch in preparation of the speech.

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  2. Thanks. I corrected the "1990s" reference in the above entry.

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