You make it sound as if being a consumerist whore were an imposition rather than a choice. If you're capable of recognizing it, then you're capable of opting out. If you don't want to, that's fine"”lots of us choose to drive a German luxury car rather than a Korean economy car"”but don't blame "society" for that. Maybe you should be stocking your kids' college funds insanely hard instead of buying "shit we don't need." Just a thought.
Off topic but, just because I realize I buy a ton of shit doesn't mean that it's not a choice; I'm no better than a junkie on heroin sometimes. It's how I grew up, it's the people I grew up with, it's what you see pretty much everywhere, and it's hard to change your lifestyle when you are literally one step away from throwing money away. When a sales associate gives me a call because the $1,600 pair of shoes I want are 30% off, I'm normally there in 30 minutes, and the store is roughly 40 miles away too. I have gotten better though since I basically threw out or donated 6 boxes of stuff I bought but never used.
Bringing this to topic though, consumerism is just like the current trend with men. With more options, more choices, problems arise and society changes. The difference is that shoes cost money but internet porn is free.