A quarter of America is a dramatic, tense, violent country, exploding with contradictions, full of brutal, physiological vitality, and that is the America that I have really loved and love. But a good half of it is a country of boredom, emptiness, monotony, brainless production, and brainless consumption, and this is the American inferno.
By: Italo Calvino
Multinational corporations do control. They control the politicians. They control the media. They control the pattern of consumption, entertainment, thinking. Theyre destroying the planet and laying the foundation for violent outbursts and racial division.
By: Jerry Brown
American society was economically ill-run in the 1980s. Our society has been on a consumption binge. If the American people had a town meeting and said, What do we care about posterity? Posterity hasnt done anything for us; were going to whoop it up now, that is a rational judgment. But nobody ever did that.
By: Paul Samuelson
Acting is such a personal thing, which is weird because at the same time its not. Its for the consumption of other people. But in terms of creative outlets and expressing yourself, its just the most extreme version of that that Ive ever found. Its like running, its exertion.
By: Kristen Stewart
I think there'd be huge losses if there weren't newspapers. I know everything's shifting to the Internet and some people would say, 'News is news, what you're talking about is a change of consumption, not the product that's out there.' But I think there is a change.
By: Michael Connelly
Conserving energy and thus saving money, reducing consumption of unnecessary products and packaging and shifting to a clean-energy economy would likely hurt the bottom line of polluting industries, but would undoubtedly have positive effects for most of us.
By: David Suzuki