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Chapter 7: Ensnared in the E-Net: The Future Belongs to the Immaterial Means of Consumption

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Ensnared in the E-Net: The Future Belongs to the Immaterial Means of Consumption
Ensnared in the e-net: The future belongs to the immaterial means of consumption

There was a time in the not-too-distant past that consumption was almost completely dominated by a series of material realities. Embodied consumers walked or took conveyances of one sort or another to one of a wide variety of ‘brick and mortar’ shops where they paid ‘flesh-and-blood’ cashiers hard cash in exchange for which they received one or more of the innumerable available commodities. Although there were many other possibilities, especially the consumption of immaterial services as opposed to material commodities, this was the norm. However, as in many other areas of the economy, consumption is in the midst of a ...

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