Trevor Norris explores the contribution of Hannah Arendt and Jean Baudrillard to our appreciation of the consumer society and education.
contents: introduction · the rise of consumerism · hannah arendt: consuming the polis · jean baudrillard: consuming signs · the consumer society and education · conclusion · further reading and bibliography · links · how to cite this article
We are, as it seems, considering not only how a city, but also a luxurious city, comes into being... Let’s look at a feverish city…This healthy one isn’t adequate any more, but must already be gorged with a bulky mass of things.Republic Book II, 372e-373bWe can’t let the terrorists stop us from shopping. George Bush, September 2001.
schools are being transformed into commercial rather than public spheres as students become subject to the whims and practices of marketers whose agenda has nothing to do with critical learning and a great deal to do with restructuring civic life in the image of market culture. Civic courage--upholding the most basic non-commercial principles of democracy--as a defining principle of society is devalued as corporate power transforms school knowledge.