Quotation by Jean Baudrillard

Large department stores, with their luxuriant abundance of canned goods, foods, and clothing, are like the primary landscape and the geometrical locus of affluence. Streets with overcrowded and glittering store windows ... the displays of delicacies, and all the scenes of alimentary and vestimentary festivity, stimulate a magical salivation. Accumulation is more than the sum of its products: the conspicuousness of surplus, the final and magical negation of scarcity ... mimic a new-found nature of prodigious fecundity.
Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Mark Poster (1988). "Consumer Society," La Société de Consommation (1970).
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