Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Christopher (Kit) Lasch (June 1, 1932 – February 14, 1994), historian, moralist, and social critic. He is best known for his book, The Culture of Narcissism (1979).

"Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success." - Christopher Lasch

"It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media." - Christopher Lasch

"A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions." - Christopher Lasch

"The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction." - Christopher Lasch

"In our society, daily experience teaches the individual to want and need a never-ending supply of new toys and drugs." - Christopher Lasch

"The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction." - Christopher Lasch

"Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society." - Christopher Lasch

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