2018 Prize Winners

Runner-Up
Coffee & Donuts

Student explores the rise and fall of Krispy Kreme The Gamble Within most Krispy Kreme stores sits both an impressive feat of engineering and a spectacular economic gamble: the Donut Theatre. ‘Theatre’ is probably far too unassuming a term for a roomsized conveyor belt system which carries donuts from their Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Happiness

One More Thing Money Can Buy

Amber Murray ponders whether happiness has become the currency of our times. Happiness. Success. Fulfilment. Difficult concepts to pin down, and even more difficult to achieve. Right? Well, no — not if you work in advertising. A good life can be yours for the price of one overly stylized, well-lit Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Happiness

The Spending Bowl

Lars Leimkühler looks into the ritual consumption that surrounds Americas favourite holiday. Super Bowl LII has been record-breaking in many regards as both teams accounted for 1,151 total offensive yards in a wildly entertaining shootout where the Philadelphia Eagles clinched a 41-33 victory against the New England Patriots. However, off Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Happiness

Consumerism: More Good than Bad?

Henry Badger explores the multifaceted impact of consumerism on the wellbeing and evolution of our society. The word ‘consumerism’ has often been used to describe our modern culture of spending. Many skeptics accuse our consumerist culture of suppressing creativity and culture whilst fostering the production of wasteful items that provide Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Spring 2018 — Consumerism

Section Opener
Technology

Technological advances now occur at a blistering and (crucially) increasing rate. As consumers try to keep up with the latest gadgets, we will likely continue to see a rise in per capita consumption. Some companies exacerbate this phenomenon by leveraging ‘planned obsolescence’, which is discussed on page 33. Another related Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Spring 2018 — Consumerism

Seeking a New Path

Sam Bacevich explores economic growth policy in developing nations. David Ricardo’s theory of competitive advantage demonstrates that trade increases consumption for participating countries — subsequently his theory has dovetailed into current neoliberal trade policy. In the 21st century, Ricardo has largely been proven correct. International trade’s success has dragged millions Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Spring 2018 — Consumerism

Hard Work

Marco Malusà explores the hidden perils of a district of Accra suffering from electronic waste. What happens to discarded smartphones? Where do computers, fridges and washing machines go to die? In a world where demographic and technological forces conspire to let ever-growing amounts of unserviceable electric and electronic devices accumulate, Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago
Spring 2018 — Consumerism

Planned Obsolescence

An Evil Plot by Manufacturers or the Lynchpin of the Economy? – Blanca Sans. Would you believe that planned obsolescence is not as manipulative and immoral as often said? The truth lies below. Planned obsolescence describes the intentional act of producing goods and/or services with short economic lives. Though various Read more…

By oskarbirol, ago