the world of a capitalist consumer culture

"...the world of a capitalist consumer culture... however spectacular, glamorous, and beguiling, perpetually plays with desires without ever conferring satisfactions beyond the limited identity of the shopping mall and the anxieties of status by way of good looks (in the case of women) or of material possessions. ‘I shop therefore I am’ and possessive individualism together construct a world of pseudo-satisfactions that is superficially exciting but hollow at its core."

--David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, p. 170

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