In the article Two Cheers for Materialism, by James Twitchell, you view materialism from a perspective of someone who supports it. This is not normal for someone to encourage a person to be materialistic but this article makes you think in a different way. This article makes you think that maybe materialism is not bad after all. Suddenly you can now think through the eyes of the person who agrees, and the person who disagrees. You may have never heard someone support such an unwanted trend, but the ideas they say may have you on either side of the fence on whether you agree, disagree, or both.
Before I even began reading this article, I was surprised that it was about someone who supported the idea of materialism. I did not think anyone thought so highly of it. As I read I could not help myself but agree with some of Twitchell’s statements. He discussed how consumerism and shopping was our lifestyle, Twitchell wrote, “You lifestyle is not related to what you do for a living, but to what you buy.” He had me almost convinced! I could agree that my lifestyle does revolve around what I buy. When I go shopping I buy items such as clothes and makeup because I want to look nice, that is my kind of lifestyle, I enjoy looking nice and I associate myself with people who do the same. This article almost had me convinced, but I could not help but debate his ideas.
Twitchell did make a few good points but I cannot help but also disagree with the whole idea of materialism being a good thing. When I do think of a person who is materialistic, I think of a spoiled little teenage girl, someone who always gets what they want and they obsess over objects other than being grateful for what they have. Does that sound like a good thing to you? Materialism was a word created to also mean greedy, and possessive; a lifestyle should not be based off words like those. I have always been raised to not be materialistic because my parents want me to appreciate everything in life; I think that is how most parents should raise their kids. Twitchell chose a good topic to debate, but I just don’t think he had enough support for his opinions.
There is a third opinion someone could take out of this, because it is possible to agree and disagree with Two Cheers for Materialism. A person may not agree that materialism defines us or is a good way for us to live our lives, but they may agree that materialism is taking over the country because that is what this culture is full of. Materialism is either good or bad in your opinion, but Twitchell is able to point out a few things when he says that, “American culture is on its way to becoming world culture.” A person, who agrees that materialism is taking over the world, can also disagree when Twitchell says materialism is a good thing.
Overall, it does not matter what side you take as long as you can defend why you think that way. Twitchell does state that materialism is good, which you may agree or disagree, but he also makes points that can put you on either side of the fence. In the end it is up to you, but I can personally see how a person could take either side in this debate. Materialism is real and it is a growing trend, but how you deal with it and how you think of it is all up to you.