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While writing a news-report for lomography my mind is tripping over some thoughts about how we consume and how this changes us and how consumption changes with us.

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Consumption is a curious thing. Even though I don’t care so much about wealth and belongings I consume. I guess it’s part of being urban today, I am conscious about it and I like it, without being foolish. Consumption has changed, we consume new foods and fashion, we watch movies and tv-shows, we take media-content from the interweb. We take pictures with our phones and send them out into the world. We take so much information in and create so much. Is it meaningful or not is not really the question, as long as you are happy and don’t harm anyone it should be alright. As a journalist I consume a lot of Media. I personally like printed content very much, I guess because it feels analogue. I take kilos of newspapers and journals into trains, busses and planes. I read them at high pace, swallow them up, digest them and turn them into digits in my brain. Some years back I was carefully choosing what I spent my money for and probably I kept the most expensive magazines for some time and read them over again, just because it was an investment. My values have changed with progression in my job and higher income. I now consume, what seems useful or enjoyable. I read it fastly and give it to someone or leave it on the plane-seat when I am finished. Time and space are the bigger treasures on my hands now. I want to get rid of the paper, the moment I buy it. I want to transfer it into ideas or visions, I want to be entertained for a brief moment but it should become something untangible. Thoughts and pictures in my mind are easier to carry around and I don’t have to explain myself to costums and border controls. Maybe this an urban interpretation of buddhist views. transferring matter into things that matter….
Or maybe it is just justification for an urban lifestyle…

written by wil6ka

6 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    Sehr interressanter Artikel Herr Willie! Die Konsumgesellschaft hab ich seit 3 1/2 Jahren ein bisschen auf der Seite gelassen und da sieht man was man wirklich braucht oder nicht... Und Polynesien hat heute noch (aber Konsum entwickelt sich ja auch hier...) einen langsamen konsum-rythmus, hast du ja sicher bemerkt... Bin gespannt wie ich nächstes Jahr die Rückreise von den "Gesellschaftsinseln" in die Konsumgesellschaft erleben werde....

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  2. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    @vicuna ich glaube, dass ist auch ein sehr fließender Prozess. Man hat Grundwerte, aber die Lebensumstände ändern sich ständig. Es gibt nur noch agreements on time and space, Keine regeln, die auf alle lebenssituationen anwendbar sind. Ich finde es spannend und ich habe natürlich die Freiheit darüber nachdenken zu können.

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  3. bloomchen

    bloomchen

    i really love mags! and if i would have a high income i would go and buy me a lot of these weird mags and put them on the shelf. i read mags for quite some years and i think my brain is still working quite well but "transfering" something into an own idea might take years. and it´s this moment i like when i remember something i really liked and then i go and look for the mag it´s in. and searching for it is part of the process because it reminds you of things you forgot over time and sometimes these things are in the end much more important than what you were actually looking for. but to be honest: when i moved last year i threw away a lot of mags - but only after having a close look and deciding that there is defenitely nothing in i might consider as getting important to me in the future.

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  4. lonur

    lonur

    It goes both ways, Wilka. I don't think a newspaper on a screen beats my broadsheet on Saturday mornings in bed: The smell of ink, the feel of the paper (and you would agree, I'm sure),... But! It's not going to last long. The paper I read in Melbourne has made loads of journalists redundant leaving room for PR companies to jump in and manufacture alluring headlines and perhaps, as it happens in the U.S., get people in the Philipines to type up the stories based on whatever A.P., Reuters or another big news agency sends out. Next year, the broadsheet is going to be turned into a tabloid (in shape, not in content - Apparently they don't dare use the "T" word in the offices of The Age newspaper). One of my two weeklies: "The Week" stopped circulating a month ago, and didn't even stay digital. So that goes for cheap and for downsizing. In terms of space, yes, digital is good when you live in a one-bedroom apartment like me. I have to take my used books to Op shops when I'm done with them, and make sure I put all my newspapers in the recycling bin by Monday; otherwise, my home feels like a battleground. As for magazines, I've been scanning some of my favourite articles and saving them to my hard drive, perhaps never to be read again.. Anyhow, it's time to go to the classroom. I'm already a minute late!

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  5. wil6ka

    wil6ka

    @lonur well yeah Ramiro, it's all connected. The higher pace of consumption makes some media loose. That goes the same for Germany, where a lot of newspapers close down. Interestingly enough weeklies have kind of a boom. because they are sorting and emphasizing on certain topics of the week - which is a demand: structure in times of disorder. So it's about a reaction to the change. But essentially I justed to describe, that the times are changing and we with them. Just a note to self, to be taken under further investigation :)

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  6. lonur

    lonur

    Nice one!

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