If there ever was an American activity it’s consumption, and this goes beyond stereotyping. So it’s almost only logical that in his first major speech after 9/11 the American president told people to go on with their lives by doing some shopping (that’s what you get when you have a[n at best] mediocre president in difficult times). Kate Bingaman’s Obsessive Consumption deals with aspects of consumption. There is some photography, some of which is interesting, some of which is not. Check it out. Oh, and it’s not like the ultra-angry righteous fundamentalism shown in Adbusters. As much as I think they have lots of good points there, I just refuse to be that angry all the time; it’s just not healthy.