"Powerful and disturbing. No one who cares about the future of our public life can afford to ignore this book."—Jackson Lears
With his latest book, Barber, a political theorist at the University of Maryland, returns to familiar territory. But if Jihad provided an answer to the ubiquitous post-9/11 question "Why do they hate us?," the question behind Consumed seems to be "Who wouldn't?"Barber, for one, is put off by much of what global capitalism has wrought. Hollywood movies are cartoonish and trashy; kids reared on video games and fast food miss out on childhood's meaningful pleasures; life at the mall is soulless; much of popular culture is dreck. How all this came about takes up the bulk of his book.