Cute, Quaint, Hungry, and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism

Basic Books (2000)
Abstract
Why has the ring of the telephone become a beep? What ever happened to the bumpers and fenders of cars? Why do food commercials never mention hunger?In this encyclopedia of low-brow aesthetics, Daniel Harris concentrates on the nuances of non-art, the uses of the useless, the politics of product design and advertising. We learn how advertisers exaggerate our sensual responses to eating, how close-up nature photography exaggerates the accessibility of the natural world, and how the mutated physiology of dolls invites our pity and affection.In studying its aesthetics, we find consumerism instills disappointment rather than gratification, convincing us that our lives are deficient and wanting. If we are what we buy, then we must buy in order to be.
Keywords Aesthetics, Modern  Consumption (Economics  Popular culture
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Call number BH301.C75.H37 2000
ISBN(s) 0465028489   0306810476   9780306810473
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