Consumerism

8.29.19

The Wrong Amazon is Burning

A Google Chrome extension wants to remind you that it doesn’t have to be this way.

2.13.19

'Oblivious' Customers Continued to Wait in A&W Drive-Thru as Restaurant Burned Down

The smoke was so thick that firefighters couldn’t even go inside to battle the flames, but customers wanted their Chubby Chicken burgers, dangit.

1.4.19

The Psychology of Our Love for Marie Kondo and 'Organization Porn'

The tidying expert’s new Netflix show has drawn breathless attention.

12.20.18

Christmas Presents Are Bad, Actually

Forget to get someone a gift? Let me provide you with after-the-fact justification.

12.14.18

Your Cart Is Empty

We live in a world committed to making purchases as easy as possible. But at what cost?

11.14.18

Conor Oberst's Desaparecidos Project Made One of His Best Albums

2002's "Read Music, Speak Spanish" is still a reminder that you can sing about anti-capitalism and make it beautiful.

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7.20.18

How Consumerism Devoured the Workin’ Man Blues

How did the genre transform from working class catharsis to an corporate marketing campaign for a certain version of the American dream?

7.19.18

Inside Flex—Amazon's army of everyday delivery people

Amazon just had its best Prime day ever.

4.23.18

Don't Buy This: Why Tropical Fish Can Make Terrible Pets

You could be flushing money down the toilet—along with your dead fish.

2.13.18

This Valentine's Day, Remember That Cheese Will Never Leave You

If you're feeling despondent on this highly commercial day of cartoon hearts and boxes of chocolate, just remember that cheese is truly the food of love. Even if you're alone.

12.27.17

An Apple That Tastes Like a Grape: The Politics of Food

In this investigative report for The Politics of Food, VICE’s former editor-in-chief Adam Leith Gollner looks at the strange story behind how the Grapple came into existence.

7.19.17

A Thermostat, a Meditation On Humanity

I'm getting emotional about HVAC over here.

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