Consumerism is only one of the problems. The other perhaps major problem is the current mantra that everything must be done as cheaply as possible. It is a fallacy that make both sides lose: neither the producer/artist/creator fulfil his/her potential and develop his/her abilities, nor the end consumer get something of lasting value. You can safely bet that the vast majority of ghastly looking photoshop processed images were done following that mantra: done in haste (because time is costly) by poorly educated people with limited skills (because education and development of fine aesthetic sensibilities again is costly, and such employees are usually more demanding).
Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac