Page 14 of today’s Financial Times includes an article on what effect the recession will haave on today’s bling youff. It is argued that habits have changed and people will not be tightening their belts because consumerism, rules ok. I don’t really agree. Look at the rise of sites like Tescopoly to encourage ethical consumerism or at, the bottom end of the market, the way that Primark is rammed these days. Added to that you have sites like Freecycle or Gumtree where things are changing hands without registering as economic transactions and thus being saved from landfill. In the last recession Nirvana made ripped jeans a fashion statement to the point that it was termed thrift store chic and you could get pre-ripped ones in Top Shop. The fashion shoot that Caroline Flint was criticised for doing was actually not some Playboy centrefold but an Observer magazine feature on budget-wear for the recession. Anti consumerism even had a whole issue of the academic journal Cultural Studies devoted to it last year damnit. I told the reporter as much when she rang to ask my opinion which appears in truncated form in the piece.

Robbie makes his point for the Liverpool Dockers

Robbie makes his point for the Liverpool Dockers


The online version is here (although the site is a bit funny about letting you go to it too many times anonymously). After 5 goes (which I expended long ago) I think you have to give them your details and register. If not it’s no FT. What more can I say but no comment.

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