consumerism

On Becoming a Fraud in Central Florida

The show offers a sharp critique of the broader capitalist system that harms us all.

Hot Mic: Priyanka Chopra’s Selectively Woke Stardom Is a Strategic—and Risky—Decision

Diasporas and communities of color often feel that we must pedestalize even the least bit of representation that comes our way. Read more »

Straight Capitalism, No Chaser: Brands Are Butting into “Hot Girl Summer” to Make a Quick Buck

As the phrase #HotGirlSummer has gained visibility, an onslaught of brands attempting to commodify Megan Thee Stallion’s lifestyle. Read more »

From Butt Masks to Glass Dildos: The Commercialization of Self-Care and Wellness

If your brand claims to value mental health and wellness, then it should go beyond lip service. Read more »

What Just Happened?: Amazon Workers Are on Strike

Amazon’s evolution over the past 20 years has put a spotlight on the human cost of rampant capitalism Read more »

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Someplace Else: A Guide to Responsible Summer Travel

Too often, tourists engage in gross practices and act a mess. Here’s what to avoid. Read more »

Consumer Retorts: Are Anti-Hauls the Antidote to YouTube’s Cult of Consumerism?

Swapping “whatever you are will never be enough” for “whatever you have will never be enough” is a lateral move at best. Read more »

Day of Woe: Black Friday Has a Darker Message This Year

Anti-capitalism activism is so much bigger than one day, and Black Friday is hell, no matter which way you slice it, so do what feels best for you. Read more »

Red Handed: Kristen R. Ghodsee on Sex and Socialism

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism highlights the stories of feminists and socialists who worked to make women’s lives better under socialism, while pointing to ways we can adapt their lessons for the future. Read more »

Behind the Pink Curtain: The Soft Sell of Multilevel Marketing

There’s no way to make money from MLMs. Read more »

Home Run: How Neoliberalism Took Over Home-Makeover Shows

One thing home-makeover shows have decidedly done is recalibrate what poverty looks like. Read more »

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