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Title: It's a scam!
Authors: Lee, Brenda
Keywords: DRNTU::Visual arts and music::Visual arts
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: Consumerism is the endless acquisition of consumer goods, placing a higher emphasis on our “wants” rather than our “needs”. With advancements in technology, companies and their marketing practices are getting much more effective, making it easier for us to fall into the trap of continuous spending, resulting in us buying more than what is essential. Furthermore, as income levels rise, we are also able to lead comfortable shopping lifestyles with a higher spending power. More often than not, consumerism preys on our emotions, overriding our rational thinking, which results in our endless acquisition of the newest and the latest, be it for greed, envy or pride. In modern society, brands and companies leverage on this impulsive behaviour to sell their products. Luxury brands in particular, produce ordinary items disguised as “premium” products, then marking them up to exuberant prices. The ever obedient consumer can only wait by his wallet, ready to purchase the next big thing, whatever it may be. This breeds the social psychological problem of Affluenza, also known as “extreme materialism”. A commentary on the absurdity of consumerism today, this project aims to help the viewer view spending from an objective, third person's point of view. Infused with a sense of irony, it hopes to inspire more reflection on one's “ridiculous” purchases, and perhaps a tighter grip on their wallet in the future. The project will feature advertising styles of the 1800s, mainly encapsulating their nature of irony and deceit. This old school way of advertising ceases to exist in society today (or at least in ways which are far less succinct), as advertisers are more subtle with words they use due to increasing regulations tackling misrepresentation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10356/77469
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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