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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:28 PM

Buying Happiness - Can shopping solve our problems?

brian ulrich: copia.

The seemingly unstoppable rise of North American consumer culture probably isn’t unknown to anyone who would be reading this. We shop, buy, eat, and consume more than any other continent on Earth. Far beyond the simple, original need to go out and buy something to eat or buy something to wear, we’ve plunged ourselves into a consumerist machine where a large part of our culture and, indeed, our entire economy is based on people buying lot of shit. I know because I’m in the middle of it – I write advertising for a living…

In his on-going photographic project “Copia”, photographer Brian Ulrich is using the power of the captured image to force a second look into just how far down that consumer rabbit hole we’ve all fallen.













...These aren’t shots for us to merely look at. These are photographs we have to see; primarily because they’re all showing us something we’ve already seen before (cleanup, Aisle 12…) and so you need to dig in and find out what the layers all mean. Even the names of each shot give no direction or inclination – each photograph’s title is simply the location you’re looking at and the year it was taken.



MORE:
http://shape-and-colour.com/2008/04/07/brain-ulrich-copia/
http://www.motherjones.com/photoessays/2007/03/american-happiness-and-need-consume/american-happiness-15

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kpete Nov 2012 OP
bluedigger Nov 2012 #1
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:31 PM

1. I guess - if your problem is too much money and not enough stuff.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:32 PM

2. I wouldn't know. I buy based on need. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:34 PM

3. I just walked over to a major mall and bought three pairs of boxer shorts for myself

 

That solves the "not enough underwear to make it between wash days" problem, at least temporarily.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:46 PM

5. You know the rules

Day 1 - normal
Day 2 - inside out
Day 3 - inside in, backwards
Day 4 - inside out, backwards

Three pairs should be able to get you 12 days. Longer if you use a bidet or just keep them on when you shower.

When they are ready, they'll walk over to the washing machine on their own.

I've got the name of each month embroidered on mine.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:18 PM

6. When I was an undergraduate I had 12 pairs

 

January, February...

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:18 PM

7. I took summers off

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:44 PM

4. Time to clean my glasses again

After just stopping myself from asking why anyone would buy hippies, and who would sell them?

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