Konsum(t)räume. Die Warenwelt als TechnotopFeb 11th, 2010 | By Günther Oetzel | Category: Evolution, Featured Articles, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics
Günther Oetzel Institut für Geschichte, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
The phenomenon of consumption is based on the industrial production of both material and symbolic a-bundance. Until the 20th century, consumption was socially and regionally limited. Consumption in this traditional setting clearly had a status expressing function. The industrialization of the production of goods caused an expansion of material artefacts which could not have been imagined before and revolutionized the public and the private sphere. The civic concept of the city was replaced by a concept defining the public sphere as a warehouse, highly dependent on technical support. The conceptualization of the city as a sphere of consumption can be described as a distribution of electric lights. Electricity, advertising and brands sha-ped the technotopical ,format’ of the modern consumer mindset as spatial concept.
History of consumption, Abundant society, Advertisment, Electricity, Public sphere
Günther Oetzel “Konsum(t)räume. Die Warenwelt als Technotop,” Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts, ISSN 1868-6648, vol. 2 (2010), 1 – 11, Article ID http://ejournal.uvka.de/spatialconcepts/archives/1052, Pages: 11