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CONSUMERISM AND THE LIMITS TO IMAGINATION
Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics, and our culture, even though a growing body of research suggests it may be well past its sell-by date. In this illustrated presentation based on his latest critically acclaimed book, media scholar Justin Lewis makes a compelling case that consumer capitalism can no longer deliver on its promise of enhancing quality of life, and argues that changing direction will require changing our media system and our cultural environment. After showing how consumer capitalism has become economically and environmentally unsustainable, Lewis explores how our cultural and information industries make it difficult to envision other forms of human progress by limiting critical thinking and keeping us locked in a cycle of consumption. And he argues that change will only be possible if we take culture seriously and transform the very way we organize our media and communications systems.
"Justin Lewis is one of the world's most acute observers of contemporary cultural politics. Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination alerts us, in an incisive but always humane way, to the excesses of consumption. This is a video with abiding lessons for us all." Toby Miller - Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Cardiff
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