Here is an article that discusses American materialism. The comments that follow the article are just as interesting.
If guilt and materialism are two sides of a single very American coin, it’s a coin that has achieved new currency in recent years, as hand-wringing and McMansions vie for our souls like the angels and devils who perch on the shoulders of cartoon characters, urging them to be good or bad.
Another article talks about the Puritan Work Ethic that developed after the Industrial Revolution and is now the basis of our economy. This article tends to focus on the virtues of being completely idle to stimulate thought and creativity. Surely there should be a happy medium…
Updated July 14, 2010 and originally published August 9, 2004. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.