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Obscene from Any Angle: Fast Food, Credit Cards, Casinos and Consumers
Obscene from any angle: Fast food, credit cards, casinos and consumers

Over the past decade I have been thinking and writing about processes – McDonaldization, consumerism – and entities – fast-food restaurants, credit cards, and the new means of consumption – that can be seen as ‘obscene powers’. From a modern perspective, all can be viewed as part of increasing external (especially corporate) control over our lives, especially as consumers, and as posing threats to social justice, human rights, and democratic decision making. Of course, such a set of judgments implies that analysts are operating with an ‘Archimedean point’ that allows them to judge certain social phenomena ‘obscene’ in the sense that they are perceived ...

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