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Kevin Slavin 3/13/2016
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oh! thx for this and all the subsequent references, I’m looking at them now… I’m interested to find the actual roots, but I’m always most interested in colloquial adoption, rather than historical precedent. I want to know when the idea of the user became, you know, a thing.
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Tiffany Lambert 3/22/2016
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Looking to cultural critic Raymond Williams, a rise in the use and purchase of goods (and therefore users) can also be traced within the etymology of the word consumer. By his account, expounded upon in Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (1976), “In almost all its early English uses, consume had an unfavourable sense; it meant to destroy, to use up, to waste, to exhaust. It was from the middle 18th century that consumer began to emerge in a neutral sense in descriptions of bourgeois political economy.”