Consumerism is defined as, a movement for protecting the consumer against defective products, misleading business practices, and so forth. Now according to definition, the government is suppose to protect us from misleading business pitches, but instead, most business have been getting away with throw cruel sales pitches to throw millions of people into debt. Donâ€™t get me wrong, but consumerism does help our economy back to its feet after September 11th, just in the wrong way. Consumerism affects me through music, television, and friends.
Music is one of my battles with consumerism. Recording artists know that if the put their songs on the radio, then people will listen and ask for the name of the artist and the name of his album. Also, radio stations give away free CDs and when you do that, the friends of who has that CD will go buy therefore bringing more money for the artist and the studio which could as far away as New York City or Seattle. Another example mixes in with television, Music Television (MTV). They play music videos, which not only show the artist and the title of the song and the album, but they allow the artist to come on personally and promote his album. Which is telling not only me, but also a million plus people nationwide, â€œhey, your nothing without this CD, so donâ€™t be a dork and get it.â€ My final example is the Internet. People trading music all day and all night still promote the artists CDs. Not to mention these pop-ups that advertise music artist and their albums. Consumerism tries to pull in gullible people to but their albums whether theyâ€™re good or not.
The television shows consumerism as a good thing. An excellent example of this are the commercials that flock our televisions. They make the objects there advertising look so good, that they do not bother to tell you the hassles the come with the product. Another good example is the basic TV shows. Most