Do Objects Make Us

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Do Objects Make Us? Many people in today's society are distressed greatly with ones rank in the social hierarchy; material possessions of all sorts seem to construct, shape, and style the lives of consumers all over the world. Consumers all over the world are becoming more and more demanding as more and more is being advertised. Many companies, such as Apple, often advertise months in advance for products creating commotion, attentiveness, and desire among the world. Stores, such as Old Navy, inspire consumers to shop at stores like theirs to feel pleased and satisfied with how much can be bought with such small amounts of money; when in reality, the consumers are spending money on their identity. In “On sale at Old Navy: Cool…show more content…
This saying proves that people sometimes get so wrapped up in material possessions, they soon are too crazed that their life is slowly but surely evolving into a materialistic lifestyle. The point of these articles is for consumers to ask themselves: “Why do I need the most expensive and newest product?” Eventually there will be a time when that product will be “out of style” and consumers will want the next best thing. These two articles are perfect examples of how the American society views “to need” versus “to want”. To earn respect one should be a hardworking and loyal individual. The materials you own mean nothing without respectable morals and ideals. Our generation is under the impression that they need to consume more and more expensive products in order to define a lasting self-image. However, this mind set will eventually be the downfall to self realization. If one is unable to form opinions on their own, they will never become an individual and will ultimately fail to create a self-image. If our generation continues to let object define them, it we will remain ill-fated to live materialistic and acquisitive lifestyles. Works Cited Cave, Damien. “On sale at Old Navy: Cool clothes for identical zombies!” Salon.com. Salon Media Group, 22 Nov. 2000. Web 7 June 2010. Walker, Rob. “iPad Envy” New York Times. New York Times, 5 April 2010. Web 30 June
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