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Commercialism is the exaggerated emphasis on commercial interest over anything else.

Commercialism is a derogatory term that applies to those economic activities that prioritize commercial interest over any other value or circumstance.

In addition, the term commercialism is also used to refer to a current of thought encompassed within mercantilism.

Commerce vs. Commercialism

The trade is an activity that brings significant benefits for both buyers and sellers. The former can find and acquire the goods or services they require to meet their needs and tastes. The latter, meanwhile, can make a profit that allows them to improve their quality of life, create jobs and / or invest.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, people not only have needs for goods and services but also have other cultural, artistic, philanthropic, etc. interests. When an excessive commercial spirit takes precedence over any human value, a detrimental effect occurs.

Objective of commercialism

The central objective is to obtain economic profits even when it's necessary to set aside other values.

Negative effects of commercialism

Among the negative effects are:

- Loss of creativity
- Disrespect for human beings
- Myopia with respect to the future (rapid gains are prioritized)
- Lower literary or artistic quality

Example of commercialism

An example is when a writer neglects his literary quality to focus on the goal of selling as much as possible. The writer puts his earnings before his creativity, his illusions and what he would really like to communicate with his books.

Another example is when a producer prefers to use cheap but polluting production methods and / or that put workers' health at risk, all in order to obtain greater profits.

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