Significant changes are taking place in American society and culture as the economic base continues the shift from the production of goods to consumption of goods, as well as to the consumption images and information. This is an excellent time to take a course on this topic, given the current state of our economy. I am concerned and curious about consumerism, including credit and debt, my own and that of our culture. Like you, I am a consumer. I too am barraged with advertising messages telling me to buy and consume (clothes, travel, food, entertainment, housing, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, etc. etc.)!!! I am so excited about this course and this material too.