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Can the Sharing Economy Cross to the Mainstream?

Following years of consumerism, technology has offered new interpretations of ownership. Competitive services touting the benefits of “sharing” and “access over ownership” have gained ground as viable alternatives. Consumers have revisited past generations’ routines of sharing, swapping, lending, and bartering. Businesses are allowing access to both tangible items and less tangible assets of space and skills. Sharing services are progressively gaining traction in densely populated areas. However, the question remains as to whether they can cross to the mainstream and gain massive adoption?


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Fashion's Call Of The Wild: A Sociology Of Style Perspective On ...

Fashion's Call Of The Wild: A Sociology Of Style Perspective On ... | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
My friend Eve recently wrote an article for Sociology of Style exploring this context. I have re-posted most of it here, as I know my readers like a little bit of style with their social science sometimes.
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Is Minimalism the Secret to Hello Kitty's Success? | Idea Channel | PBS

With her cute pink bow and huge noggin, Hello Kitty is one of the most recognizable characters in the world. She sells billions of dollars worth of merchandi...
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Are millennial's really driving less? | The Urbanist

Are millennial's really driving less? | The Urbanist | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
Still, they make it clear they think broad social changes are the primary explanation for the travel trends they identify. In the case of Germany, they say, structural factors account for two thirds of the reduction in driving.
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Fight Consumerism and Be Green 101: The Journey Begins

Fight Consumerism and Be Green 101: The Journey Begins | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
Shopping is also a ritual/process of bonding with friends, but when you discover the tactics clothing companies make to insinuate their customers to buy their goods you can see it is a scheme of consumerism.
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charles hugh smith-Japan and the Exhaustion of Consumerism

charles hugh smith-Japan and the Exhaustion of Consumerism | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
The weblog, wEssays, feature articles and works of fiction of Charles Hugh Smith...
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Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

http://www.ted.com Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce -- and makes a larger argumen...
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“Making Pretty Women” (예쁜 여자 만들기) — Consumerism, S-lines, and Learning that Healthy≠Beautiful in 1930s Korea

“Making Pretty Women” (예쁜 여자 만들기) — Consumerism, S-lines, and Learning that Healthy≠Beautiful in 1930s Korea | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
(Sources: left — unknown; right) As you all know, I’m very interested in women’s S-lin…let me rephrase that. As you all know, I’m very interested in where body-labels like t...
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Design-research firm studies customers’ emotions around products

Design-research firm studies customers’ emotions around products | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
In one memorable day recently, Lextant President Chris Rockwell worked for clients that make diapers, outerwear, surgical staplers and automotive parts.
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Does Culture Matter for Product Design? - Core77

Does Culture Matter for Product Design? - Core77 | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
Industrial Design content and community site - articles, discussions, interviews and resources.
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Here's One Thing That Has To Happen To Get Gen Y To Buy Cars

Here's One Thing That Has To Happen To Get Gen Y To Buy Cars | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it

Recently, the auto industry has taken up a side hobby of collectively moaning about how the Gen Y kids just don't care about cars.

 

Consumption, cars and generation Y

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“Do you know who you remind me of … ?”: The Postmodern uses of Myths/or Commodity Aesthetics

Research notes in the social theory and sociology of consumerism

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Relationship between consumption and cities. -- Interview with Sharon Zukin

Karen Sternheimer (USC) interviews Sharon Zukin (Brooklyn College) about her research and her latest book, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban ...
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People Say They Want Sustainable Consumption, But Do They Mean It?

People Say They Want Sustainable Consumption, But Do They Mean It? | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
Do people want to consume sustainably? According to a large new survey of 6,224 shoppers in Brazil, China, India, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S., the answer, overwhelmingly, is yes.Fully 66% of respondents think "we need to consume a lot less to...
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Copyright and Planned Obsolescence: The Shady World of Repair Manuals | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Copyright and Planned Obsolescence: The Shady World of Repair Manuals | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
Keeping manuals off the internet ensures the only path for beleaguered customers is sending broken devices back to high-priced, only-manufacturer-authorized service centers.
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We Love Retro Media: Vinyl, VHS, Tapes & Film -...

We Love Retro Media: Vinyl, VHS, Tapes & Film - Off Book We live in a digital world that gives us all the media we could possibly dream of at the click of a mouse, yet many people miss the old school...
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Eat | Love

Can food create world peace? Why do children think a forest smells like shampoo? How many fish are left in the sea?
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TRASHED trailer (2012) - Environmental documentary with Jeremy Irons

Find out more at http://www.trashedfilm.com/ Trashed - No Place For Waste with the participation of Jeremy Irons, looks at the risks to the food chain and th...
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Retailisation Series #3: The Cultural Utopia | The Planning Notepad ...

... is still the world of consumption, as Chatel and Hunt are quick to point out: “British sociologist Steven Miles sees trips to Disney environments as shopping experiences that reinforce an escapism in which 'consumerism is ...
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Cheap Thrills: Our Addiction To Bargains (And How To Resist) - Sociology of Style

Cheap Thrills: Our Addiction To Bargains (And How To Resist) - Sociology of Style | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it

“Need” is not a word that retailers want us to contemplate too seriously. (“I NEED those new Isabel Marant Sneakers! Wait…”) From a purely practical perspective, we “need” very little. But life is more nuanced than that, and societal expectations and aesthetic standards ask us to expand our definition of “need” to include goods and services that give us an edge. (Yes, you can repeat that to yourself next time you need to justify your custom suit.)

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The Current Rage In Branding: Fake Authenticity Is Now A-Okay

The Current Rage In Branding: Fake Authenticity Is Now A-Okay | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it

FAKING AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS NOW LAUDED, AND COMPANIES SUCH AS J. CREW ARE EXPLOITING THE TREND, WRITES MICHAEL RAISANEN.

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RSA Animate - First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

In this short RSA Animate, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving.
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Rodrick Writes: Propaganda Techniques and Consumerism–how ...

Rodrick Writes: Propaganda Techniques and Consumerism–how ... | Desire & Demand | Scoop.it
My topics of interest include, Education, Philosophy,and Sociology.I am involved with Education and ... Propaganda Techniques and Consumerism–how are they affecting the way we think? While it is true that in the West, ...
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I very strongly believe that we are all somehow or the other affected by propaganda techniques!

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Can the Sharing Economy Cross to the Mainstream?

Following years of consumerism, technology has offered new interpretations of ownership. Competitive services touting the benefits of “sharing” and “access over ownership” have gained ground as viable alternatives. Consumers have revisited past generations’ routines of sharing, swapping, lending, and bartering. Businesses are allowing access to both tangible items and less tangible assets of space and skills. Sharing services are progressively gaining traction in densely populated areas. However, the question remains as to whether they can cross to the mainstream and gain massive adoption?


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