A Breath of Relief From This Fast-Paced World
On Consumed Nostalgia
From: On Nostalgia
Both nostalgia and consumerism satisfy a longing, an attempt to satisfy impossible desires. Consumerism, as in the most important role for a person is somone who buys things, and a history of consumerism from pre-insustrial revolution to the present along with associated advertising motivations to prompt purchasing is discussed. Historical and personal nostalgia and the consumerist promise of defining individuality through purchases is also discussed.
David Berry is a writer and cultural critic in Edmonton. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, Toronto Life, and elsewhere, and he was an arts and culture columnist for the National Post for five years.