Žižek and Consumption as Experience

Watch this:

Follow the Frog

And read this, from Slavoj Žižek’s First as Tragedy, Then as Farce:

At the level of consumption, this new spirit is that of so-called “cultural capitalism”: we primarily buy commodities neither on account of their utility nor as status symbols; we buy them to get the experience provided by them, we consume them in order to render our lives pleasurable and meaningful. . . . Consumption is supposed to sustain the quality of life, its time should be “quality time”–not the time of alienation, of imitating models imposed by society, of the fear of not being able to “keep up with the Joneses,” but the time of the authentic fulfillment of my true Self, of the sensuous play of experience, and of caring for others, through becoming involved in charity or ecology, etc.

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