[P2P-F] Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Movie and Q&A

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Beyond Consumer Capitalism:
A Movie and Q&A with Justin Lewis
CAMRI Seminar
Wed, February 11
Univ of Westminster
Room A7.01

Registration per e-mail to christian.fuchs at uti.at


Justin Lewis’ book “Beyond Consumer Capitalism: Media andthe Limits to 
Imagination” shows how consumer capitalism is unsustainable, inhibits 
quality of life, and limits critical thinking and the envisioning of 

Accompanying the book, the Media Education Foundation 
has released the film “Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination”. In this 
event, Justin Lewis will introduce the book and the film, and there will 
be a screening of the movie, followed by a Q&A session.

What are consumer capitalism’s problems? What is the role of the media 
in consumer capitalism? What are alternatives to consumer capitalism’s 
negative impacts on social life, the environment, the quality of life, 
the economy, culture, and democracy? How can we organise media and 
communications so that they foster a cultural environment that 
encourages rather than impedes human imagination? What are alternatives 
to consumer capitalism and capitalist media? Can we envision a different 
world and a different media landscape beyond consumer capitalism?

This event will focus on the discussion of and new insights into such 
questions, which is crucial for the future of communications and humanity.

Professor Justin Lewis is Dean of Research in the College of Arts, 
Humanities and Social Sciences and Head of the School of Journalism, 
Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He has written many 
books about communication, the cultural industries, news  and politics, 
including Constructing Public Opinion and Citizens or Consumers: The 
Media and the Decline of Political Participation. He is in the editorial 
board of nine journals and his latest book, Beyond Consumer Capitalism: 
Media and the Limits to Imagination was published in 2013. He has led a 
number of research projects for the BBC, the BBC Trust, Channel 4, the 
Office of Science and Innovation, the AHRC, the ESRC and Rowntree. He 
was a panel-member for the 2014 REF (as he was for the 2008 RAE) and the 
Welsh First Minister’s Broadcasting Advisory Panel.

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