I found this sign at the local CVS store and found it to be absolutely ridiculous. First of all, it claims that there are hundreds of items within the store that you NEED. And secondly, that the advertising made it appear that CVS was doing a public service by cutting the prices of life’s necessities. This sign coincides well with Marx’s concept of the all-powerful Capitalist society. Marx argues that the economy is the basis of all of society, and everything else, including religion, art, ideas, culture, and the state are the mere superstructure. Therefore, the economy rules everything within society, meaning that those who own the means of production hold all of the power. In this case, the CEO of CVS holds power over the shoppers and utilizes advertising such as this to inspire the shoppers to buy more and more to further buffer his wealth.
Our group project on false needs highlights the dorm life of one of our fellow classmates. Does Ryan have too much “stuff?” How materialistically engaged is he? Watch and find out. Maybe this video will help you reflect on your own personal belongings, especially during the holiday season.
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Dirty Durkheim’s Group Project (part of blog series) – PLEASE READ AND RESPOND!
I found this picture in a newspaper from Portland and found it to be hilarious and terrifying at the same time. As you can see, the picture shows Jesus with a Portland twist, not only is he wearing a Blazers jersey but he has a doughnut halo. The most shocking thing about this picture is that Jesus is holding money, which serves as a commentary on the commodification of religion. In a Marxian perspective, religion has become focused almost exclusively on money, which has changed the whole nature of the church as a public good. Marx discusses the power of the Capitalist economy as it has assumed all power as the base of civil society. Therefore, money is the basis of everything within society. In this case, the image of Jesus has even been plagued with money as he is shown pointing at money as if it were holy.