Consumer Culture and the Media: Magazines in the Public Eye by Mehita Iqani (auth.)

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Consumption inserts the subject into the spaces of the object and emphasizes processes of observation and looking, be it detached and disinterested like the original flâneur, or embedded like contemporary consumers – indeed, some argue that the flâneur quickly evolved into the everyday consumer, the ‘epitome of the political attitude of the middle classes’ (Benjamin, 2002: 420). Consumption has also been theorized as part of a semiotic system, ‘which secures the ordering of signs and the integration of the group: it is therefore both a morality (a system of ideological values) and a communication system, a structure of exchange’ (Baudrillard, 1970: 78).

Arguably, in consumer society ‘no one can become a subject without first turning into a commodity, and no one can keep his or her subjectness secure without perpetually resuscitating, resurrecting and replenishing the capacities expected and required of a sellable commodity’ (Bauman, 2007: 12). The objectification of human subjects (as slaves, prostitutes, fashion models, celebrities) is a familiar trope, but Bauman claims that this now extends even to the most basic of human interactions and forms of selfrepresentation in consumer society (such as the creation of profiles on social networking and dating websites).

Consumer media texts in particular can be argued to operated as agonal spaces of display, illumination and visibility, which are in turn instantiations of ‘power through transparency, subjection by illumination’. The discourse of visibility prioritized by consumerism, that is, the primacy of the acts of looking and being looked at which are central to media texts, highlights the ways in which the power relationships of consumer culture are organized around the idea of the gaze. Who looks? Who and what is looked at?

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