American Consumer Culture
While his exact way of life is not for everybody, by living the way he does, Conway shows that grocery stores and shopping malls are not vital components of life. His advice is, “Reduce, reuse, and recycle are good ideas… but those three concepts should only be the last resort. What you really need to focus on are two other words that also begin with ‘R’- reconsider and refuse. Before you even acquire a disposable good, ask yourself if you need this consumer product. And then turn it down. Refuse it. You can” ( ).
In his AdBusters Magazine cover story, “Hipster: the Dead End of Western Civilization,” writer Douglas Haddow suggests that America’s consumer culture has created an entire generation defined by their consuming, called “hipsters.” These youth don’t create “cool,” they consume it. They crave authenticity in a vapid world and cling to anything that feels real. Haddow shines a light on a sinister side of consumerism, writing, “An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning. Not only is it unsustainable, it is suicidal. While previous youth movements have challenged the dysfunction and decadence of their elders, today we have the "hipster" – a youth