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Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM By Benjamin R. Barber

Powerful and disturbing No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book Jackson LearsA powerful sequel to Benjamin R Barber s best selling Jihad vs McWorld, Consumed offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary g Powerful and disturbing No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book Jackson LearsA powerful sequel to Benjamin R Barber s best selling Jihad vs McWorld, Consumed offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary goal is no longer to manufacture goods but needs To explain how and why this has come about, Barber brings together extensive empirical research with an original theoretical framework for understanding our contemporary predicament He asserts that in place of the Protestant ethic once associated with capitalism encouraging self restraint, preparing for the future, protecting and self sacrificing for children and community, and other characteristics of adulthood we are constantly being seduced into an infantilist ethic of consumption.
  • Title: Consumed - How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults & Swallow Citizens Whole
  • Author: Benjamin R. Barber
  • ISBN: 9780393049619
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover

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Whitaker Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Barber’s book in five easy steps:1. Consumerist capitalism needs to create consumers who will buy goods ceaselessly. It does this by using advertising campaigns that create needs from wants. We become unable to distinguish between what we need and what we want. 2. Consumerist capitalism celebrates youth and not age. It values youthful and not mature behaviour. Thus it corrodes our ability to think. This allows us to be more easily manipulated and less able to participate meaningfully in making [...]
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W. Littlejohn Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
It took me more than a year to finish this book--sometimes, that should tell you something about me, but in this case, that should tell you something about this book. While Barber's overall thesis is compelling and important, his presentation of it seemed calculated to alienate any possible allies. Pompous and blustering, he writes most of the book's 339 small-font pages in a breathless, melodramatic tone of fervent moral passion and outrage (I suppose the subtitle should've warned me adequately [...]
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Caryn Vainio Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
The premise of this book sounded promising, but I felt let down at the end of it. Barber spends what seems like over half of the book to get to his point -- which is that the rampant consumerism so prevalent in the U.S. is actually undermining democracy itself -- and while he's doing this, he's so disdainful of anything that has the mere hint of consumerist pap that it's hard to think he's capable of enjoying anything that isn't considered high-brow literature or conversation.His point is a good [...]
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Lumumba Shakur Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
A book such as this is polarizing and any reviews will inevitably be emotionally founded in the economy ideology in which the reviewer subsides in. That being the case, knowing full well my own political and economic bias, the point is very well argued. The complaints of redundancy are founded and the work does not purport to be a literary masterpiece. The scene which he depicts is one in which corporations vie with more traditional institutions over subversive influence on the lives of citizens [...]
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Brian Ayres Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Consumed is designed as a wake-up call, however Barber will be hard-pressed to get the attention of our consumption-laden populace, who wishes only to be entertained and not educated. This book is not entertaining in the least, but it does provide a solid historical view of the stages of capitalism in this country and the perils of our current consumerist mindset. Barber uses the phrase infantilist ethos to describe our psychological state, which has been established by robust and omnipresent ma [...]
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Summer Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
This has been sitting in my room with a bookmark in it for a couple of months now - I slogged through the chapter on Adorno and Veblen et al and said, "gnh, I'll finish this later." Well, it's later now, and the book is due soon, and I think I'm just going to let it go. I'm far from a defender of Lady Capitalism and her Free Market Brigade, but the section I read was so reactionary and condescending that it made me want to go on a day-long Wal-Mart shopping spree out of spite.
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Wm Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Excellent. Scary. With prose that neither talks down nor gets to academic. All that you'd want in a public intellectual.And really, it's an important work, and I fully agree with Barber's basic notions of reclaiming notions of civic space and the commons.On the other hand:Some sections are too much a rehearsal of a list of examples. And some examples don't contain enough analysis to suggest that Barber quite dug enough into it (both those things he lauds and criticizes). Case in point: His comme [...]
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Kathleen Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
I thought that i would like this book. Barber wrote a short essay (maybe 7 or 8 pages) called "Shrunken Sovereign" for World Affairs' Spring 2008 issue. In it, he basically rehearsed the argument that he makes in this book. However, the essay in world affairs was not any indicator of the quality of this book. The essay is a triumph. This book, however, is poorly written. Pretty much every paragraph has at least one claim in it that is indefensible, or at the very least misguided.I agree with Bar [...]
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Lisa Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
The book sounded interesting, and from the description it had the potential to be thought-provoking. The author made some good points. Unfortunately, those points were overshadowed by the author's complete failure to understand pop culture- no, it's not all Shakespeare, but neither is it as infantile as he makes it out to be. (Seriously, he used The Incredibles as an example of the puerility of modern movies. He's apparently unable to divorce his preconceptions of the medium from the actual cont [...]
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Litro Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
A tentative, paternal liberal manifesto in opposition to the lifestyle of rampant consumerism. Barber invokes a number of astute observations, particularly how certain consumer preferences compromise the stability of prevailing historical conceptions of adulthood and citizenship,however, his thesis is weakened by his unwillingness to consider the systemic functionality of consumer capitalism alongside his own moral argument. Indeed, Barber demonstrates his cynical rejection of such suggestions w [...]
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Ben Boocker Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
After a mere ten pages, the amount of redundancy and overuse of buzzwords was more than I could handle. The accusations of the "infantilizing" of the current 20-something generation is the same tired point that has emerged from the mouths of the older generation to the younger since humanity has evolved vocal chords to form speech. People change, life-styles change, societies and their conventions change. Get used to this idea, sir. The author ridicules people who should apparently be acting lik [...]
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G. Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Solidly brought across the concepts of infantilism, how it is "inculcated" (I like that he used that word) purposefully in a consumer state, the need to make consumers out of children and their market power, this concept of civi schizophrenia, the loss of real freedom (civic responsibility and power), the false freedom of the many consumer choices engineered for us, how diversity loss happens and in what capacity, and the paltry quality of resistance.There was a great deal of repetitiveness, as [...]
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Steve Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
This ended up being way over my head. Too dense. The premise is that the international economy is pushing companies to make and market their products to "The lowest common denominator". The result is that more people buy them, which is good for business, but bad for society. The dumbing down of movies is a good example of this. According to Barker, people are being told they "need" consumer products from cradle to grave. Because of this they are more interested in their choices at Wal-Mart than [...]
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Ken Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Essentially, this book is saying that consumer capitalism is turning people into child like morons in order to sell them more crap they neither want nor need. This point is valid if hardly a revolutionary idea. However, if one spends 300+ pages bitching about the effects of consumer capitalism on mass culture, they have an obligation to provide something more than a weak, vague solution to this problem. I wasn't expecting a "cure all" solution but his solution (some vaguely defined world regulat [...]
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Will Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Not particularly original or well-written. This book felt more like an introduction to criticism of capitalism than a piece of actual scholarship. Barber bounces from how shitty movies get made to how children in sub-Saharan Africa don't have enough vitamins. The vulgar outcomes of capitalism are many, to be sure, but Barber's solution of 'more democracy' and a 'global citizenry' are cliches, if not simply meaningless platitudes. Without any notions of how we might actually subvert capitalism's [...]
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Katie Degentesh Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Very dry & too proselytizing. The 'infantilization' was presented in the manner of a literary academic argument where the writer was searching for tropes to support a theme, rather than as a scientific argument with evidence. This is unfortunate as in general I felt the writer had a point and got hung up on his own semantics.
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Simon Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Totally great book, really annoyingly redundant and verbose.
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Matthew Petrus Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
I just can't get into this book. I need a new book.
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TheFrugalNexus Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
This review originally appeared on my website thefrugalnexus Benjamin Barber’s sortie against consumerism is sure to reverberate from the glass tower offices of big box USA to the indolent consumer buying pre-peeled oranges (a real example of infantilization of society).As way of general review, Barber’s main avenue of assault is by drive by shooting. Barber has a lengthy list of target and what he does is drive up, unloads his quick assault and then drives off to the next target, in other w [...]
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YHC Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
In this book, i was particularly drawn by the idea of infantilization of adults. The insight was so accurate and we could see overall the products are targeting teens. I say teens because the maturity was not there. For example in Japan, they need to make all the products cartooned, all the designs need to be cute. The market is not aimed for kids since Japan is a serious aging society. The adults postpone to grow up is a phenomenon is at least first world countries. In the book there is a good [...]
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Chris Rose Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Honestly, I couldn't get past the first chapter. I did lightly skim the balance of the book. I think he does make some very good points, but his writing style is unbearable. I'm not stupid. I graduated from college. It's really unnecessary to bury a good message under piles of verbosity.
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Cyd Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Densely packed academic writing with a depressing message. But important as a wake-up call for "consumers" who want to understand how our capitalist society works and manipulates individuals.
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Daniel Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
There is a blurb I read somewhere for this book that couldn't have said it better. Something to the affect that the first chapter should be required reading. Not that the information is new, or revealing, but that it is one of the better critiques of modern capitalism I've ever read. Unfortunately, the book kind of falls flat from there on out. Besides the author continuously harping on his central idea of "infantilization", there's just nothing necessary for the entire duration of the book. And [...]
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Sara Harrison Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
I am used to reading dense books so nothing in Barber's prose style put me off. My first reaction, reading this in October 2016, was just how smart Barber's ideas were and how perfect a time I had randomly chosen to read this book--just before and during the US election. I have never seen an election that demonstrated more clearly how so many can be led astray so far and still feel they are doing 'the American' thing with whichever candidate they chose. We have allowed rampant consumerism to flo [...]
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A.C. Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Benjamin Barber, well known for accurately predicting the current ideological (and I can't stress the word ideological enough) struggle between the movement of globalization and the reaction back by more traditional forces in Jihad vs. McWorld, writes a striking indictment of the capitalist system. Over the course of the book, Barber articulates the three components of the subtitle with extensive research and thorough analysis, referencing both John Dewey and Teen Vogue. His conclusions are much [...]
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Dorian Santiago Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Before I go into a (hopefully not too long) review of this book, I want to type out one of the many excerpts that stood out to me:"After all, when religion colonizes every sector of what should be our multidimensional lives, we call the result theocracy; and when politics colonizes every sector of what should be our multidimensional lives, we call the result tyranny. So why, it might be asked, when the marketplace--with its insistent ideology of consumption and its dogged orthodoxy of spending-- [...]
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Eric Haahn Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
Barber tries to end on something vaguely resembling an optimistic note, although he might be hoping against hope; I don’t see a whole lot in his book to justify it. I don’t think it’s just my cynical nature, either. Any objective evaluation of Barber’s text would certainly find it long on elaborating problems, and short on identifying solutions. Even the solutions he does explore, he himself pokes holes in. It’s a bit difficult to believe he invests so many words in painting a horrifyi [...]
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Meg Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
page 123: "At war with the the democratic history it once helped inaugurate, laissez-faire liberalism continues to mistake popular sovereignty for illegitimate coercion and to confound the public weal with the repression of liberty. It forgets the very meaning of the social contract, a covenant in which individuals agree to give up unsecured private liberty in exchange for the blessings of public liberty and common security."The first 100 pages of this book were a little grating, with an overuse [...]
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Anne Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
I must preface this with the acknowledgement that I didn't finish this book. I didn't get beyond the first chapter.I had issues with the author's reliance on technological gadgetry as proof of advertising's grip and an individual's reduction to "infantilized" state. I had issues with a symptom of this state: an adult reading Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings.The Lord of the Rings is inappropriate for adult reading consumption? I'm sure Tolkien would have found this fascinating. Harry Potter [...]
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Thomas Simpson Nov 20, 2018 - 07:19 AM
I agreed with a lot of what this book had to say. To a certain extent. Yes commercialism/advertizing/marketing is pervasive and yes there has been a dangerous retreat away from the public sphere to the ubiquity of the private. I don't disagree with many of his overarching points. However, this is a very frustrating book. First, because he's a terrible writer. His book is largely repetitive and he never quite knows if he's trying to write a "serious, academic" book or if he's writing a popular bo [...]
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Consumed - How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults & Swallow Citizens Whole By Benjamin R. Barber Powerful and disturbing No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book Jackson LearsA powerful sequel to Benjamin R Barber s best selling Jihad vs McWorld, Consumed offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary g Powerful and disturbing No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book Jackson LearsA powerful sequel to Benjamin R Barber s best selling Jihad vs McWorld, Consumed offers a vivid portrait of an overproducing global economy that targets children as consumers in a market where there are never enough shoppers and where the primary goal is no longer to manufacture goods but needs To explain how and why this has come about, Barber brings together extensive empirical research with an original theoretical framework for understanding our contemporary predicament He asserts that in place of the Protestant ethic once associated with capitalism encouraging self restraint, preparing for the future, protecting and self sacrificing for children and community, and other characteristics of adulthood we are constantly being seduced into an infantilist ethic of consumption.

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