Friday, 12 February 2016

Writing - Consumerism - a new phenomenon

Is the lust for 'new' a relatively recent trend, that is, over the last 70 or 80 years, or is it something that has pertained for a much longer period. In fact the answer would indicate that consumerism is part of human nature.

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It had been thought that consumerism was the result of almost manic manufacturing boom following the Second World War, particularly the 60s and 70s. However, there is research that suggests that our love of 'stuff' goes back much further. Frank Trentmann has produced a book that is the result of research that suggests this trend has been active since the Renaissance.

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12 century carpets and silks

As early as the 12th century the trade in carpets and silks generated a wider range of colours and designs and from 1500 the spread of tea and porcelain across Europe.

Of course the explanation is in the difference between 'needs' and 'wants'. A poor society tends to concentrate on basic 'needs' whereas wealthier situations develop a taste for things that they don't really need, entertainment, fashion, and gadgets. Some of those trends can be seen in Egyptian society 5000 years ago. 

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Trentmann, a history professor at Birkbeck in London, believes that understanding the history of consumerism could help deal with its negative effects today. 

It is my submission today to impress on my readers the need for ensuring they have the whole range of Steele novels, Cessation and collections of poetry. Please read on !!!!

December 2015

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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