"In the 1930s, Paul Mazure, a leading Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers, wrote: 'We must shift America from a needs, to a desires culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things even before the old had been entirely consumed. We must shape a new mentality in America. Man's desires must overshadow his needs.'"
(from the BBC film Century of the Self)
"By the 1950s, consumerism was thoroughly interwoven in the fabric of American society. In 1955, economist Victor Lebow would epitomize the new status quo, writing in the Journal of Retailing: 'Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction and our ego satisfaction in consumption. We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced and discarded at an ever-increasing rate.'"
(via Post Carbon Institute)
Thanks to Carol Everhart Roper
"The accumulation of plastic thousands of miles away from land known as the North Pacific Garbage Patch captivated University of North Carolina at Wilmington staff member Bonnie Monteleone and led her to make four open-ocean voyages in three oceans. While at sea, she hand-netted ubiquitous plastic objects found in nearly 8,000 nautical miles from these research voyages, made possible through the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at UNCW. Her show is built from artifacts recovered at sea representing various aquatic regions of the world."