Without Implied Consent: The Willing Abandonment of Values, Traditions, and a Meaningful Existence for the Sake of Success in the Economy of Consumption It is a ritual in which I had taken delight. On this particular weekday, however, a new perspective on something that I had previously ignored changed forever my ritual. Prior to placing the plastic coffee basket into its familiar port at the top of the coffee machine, I recognized a caking of sorts on the Mr. Coffee water purification filter. This disc-like item, grey in color needed to be replaced, according to the owner’s manual. A quick Google search led me to discover that for $3.99, and a quick trip in my car to the local Home Depot, and purer coffee drinking would be mine. The...The end:
.....ity of my own experience, without all of the bells and whistles of the endless onslaught of merchandising which promises so much, but ultimately can give no more than a cheap substitute for the magnitude of the moment. For me, it superficially meant saving $3.99, but intrinsically meant the savings of millions. Works Cited: Bernays , Edward L.. "The Engineering of Consent." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 250, Communication and Social Action 250 (1947): 113-120. Print. OECD. "Growing Unequal ? : Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries ." OECD General Economics & Future Studies 3 (2008): i-312(313). OECD. "Country Note: United States." OECD General Economics & Future Studies 3 (2008): 1.