Outline the Ways in Which Rubbish Can Be Said to Have Value in a Consumer Society

PLAN: Outline the ways in which rubbish can be said to have value in a consumer society


Paragraph one – Consumer Society,Mass consumption and Recycling:

Explain a definition for consumer society and explain how Mass consumption has evolved.
With the increase explain how it has led to a massive increase in the household and business waste

Paragraph two – Thompson’s Theory, Economic value and Aesthetic Value:
Explain Thompson’s theory and illustrate it by using the stevengraphs and explaining how once they were modestly priced and as lots were produced they went out of fashion and therefore the price fell, however when few were left thay came back into fashion and the price went higher, explain the three different stages of Thompson’s theory. Give a explanation for economic value and the influence of supply and demand on prices. Use the housing slump in 2008 for this.
Explain aesthetic and give an example using the photo of my bed by Tracey Enin.

Paragraph three – Intrinsic Value:
Explain what intrinsic value is and how something that seems like junk to someone may be priceless in someone else’s views because of sentimental value to them.

Conclusion:   To conclude explain that when looked at deeper rubbish does have value in a consumer society but the levels at which we produce it is unsustainable.


Outline the ways in which rubbish can be said to have value in a consumer society

When one discusses rubbish we often come to the conclusion that it has no value, and therefore disvalued. This essay will explain how in fact rubbish does have value to lots of different people and business.   There must have been certain factors for it to be considered ‘rubbish’ by the consumer. These can include it being seen as broken, old, not needed or simply not wanted anymore. Though there may be some truth behind certain items as being considered rubbish, such as broken and so on, that item can still have value to another. When...