Are shopping malls good for the wider society or merely promote crass commercialism? - active GDIn every metro and even smaller cities, the number of shopping malls is now increasing at a great speed. They have effectively spread the already high consumerism, and at best, does offer some solace to those who do window shopping and eat something there in one of the shops for Rs.100 or less.
Is this good for the wider society? One notices a certain and pronounced snobbish attitude of the rich who want to buy many things there, only to show off that "I am also here". The only good thing is that the multiplexes offer very good entertainment in superbly maintained theatres at a cost of Rs.150 and we can feel proud that only the elite come here.
In a society where millions of people struggle to make Rs.200 at existing prices, are we not promoting a sort of crass commercialism? Would this not usher in huge Western values among the younger generation? Prices of every single item, including textiles, are very costly. Yet, "I purchased it here" sentiments and the tendency to show off are very much seen.
What do members have to say on this?
Note from the ME-
We are converting this topic to an active GD and accordingly have tuned the title. Members can debate whether the malls merely promote commercialization, pointless spending sprees, and the like or whether the malls are on the whole really beneficial. Are malls just meant for the rich? How does it benefit the wider society?
Bring your views to the table on various aspects of a mall, not just its shops and theatres, but other unique elements attached to it.
Keep your views crisp and bring in points relevant to the topic of the GD. The best participants will get Rs.150/- each.
Closing date: 6th November 2018.