Writing Seminars: Consumer Culture in the U.S.A.

Instruction in writing well-reasoned analyses and academic arguments, with emphasis on the importance of reading, research, and revision. Using examples of nonfiction prose from a variety of academic disciplines, individual sections focus on topics such as vision, globalization, generosity, experts and expertise, the good life, and dissent in American culture.

“We no longer live life, we consume it.” – Vicki Robin

            Consumerism has changed our national landscape by covering our towns with malls and making retail businesses the largest employers of Americans. And consumerism has also become so embedded in the ways we think that it influences how we see activities much different from buying goods at a store. The ideal of consumer choice affects not only how many different types of jeans we can buy from the Gap or how many different iPods from the Apple store but also how we choose things like partners, health care, and colleges. What is the significance and what are the effects of the language and logic of consumerism permeating society? What does this permeation tell us about the world we live in and how we think?

Students who wish to enroll in a section of this seminar should participate in online preregistration, which opens at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016 and closes promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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TTh 11:35am-12:50pm