World of UScast: British Bodcast: Ep XV Consumerism and Conventions | One of Us

World of UScast: British Bodcast: Ep XX Consumerism and Conventions

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Oh this week’s British Bodcast, Duke and Kia celebrate their first community question (you can submit any you have to duke@needtoconsume.com) regarding geekdom and consumerism. This gets them thinking a lot about everyone having a sense of belonging, regardless if they are a geek or not. They also discuss their new You Tube show called New To Force and Duke gets to talk about Star Wars in a basement. Living the dream!

Kia talks about her time at Asylum: a Supernatural convention in the UK with all the cast showing up and answering some incredibly cringe-worthy questions from attendees, as well as talking about her cosplay for this weekend’s MCM Comic-Con in London.


The guys finish off talking about the frustrations of finding a good crowdsourcing playlist app for their wedding and how they spent the entire weekend putting together a playlist with over a day and half’s worth of music for their guests to choose from!


Don’t forget you can visit needtoconsume.com or find them on all good and bad social media platforms!


Until next time, keep Consuming!

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • theboogieman

    Thanks for answering my question, guys. It was fun hearing your thoughts. Where I was coming from with the question was less the consumerism and materialism aspect, but rather whether or not the act of buying or consuming geek things is something we perhaps compulsively do to feel a part of the subculture, and connected to a group, or our own ‘tribe’. I think you guys gave great answers though and I don’t mean to imply that you misinterpreted the question or anything like that. But in my mind, in my question, consumption and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ wasn’t what I really meant to focus on. But I think I might have articulated my question in a misleading way maybe.

    Where I got the question from was this part of the book I mentioned, where the book talked about how in Vancouver, people had found that a huge part of drug addiction, and addiction in general, was loneliness. They found that act of taking their drugs made these people feel a part of a subculture and group of their own, and connected to other people, where outside of that their lives would be some of the most lonely, as they were disconnected from mainstream society and didn’t have life experiences to where they could relate to other people and vice versa.

    Obviously that’s one of the most extreme examples, but it led me to wonder whether the (perhaps) compulsive behaviour that geeks do all the time, whether it’s buying things or whatever, could maybe have an element of that to it, albeit obviously a small microcosm of my example.

    If you’re at all curious at to what the book was that I mentioned, it’s Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. The book got rave reviews, including from Stephen Fry and Elton John, and is fascinating.