In the big wide world out there, consumption is one of the keys that ties us together. Not only are we literally required to consume in order to survive, but metaphorically speaking, we consume according to our interests, our passions. (There’s a reason why “binging” is such a popular way to characterize our habits.) And on the other side of the coin, we often speak of things that consume us: a job, a relationship, desire, pain.
Our relationship to that word is essential to the entertainment industry in particular. We consume the product, and those who make the product consume our money, watching it compound and compound. Consumption is just another word for a transaction, and just like a transaction, it means there’s a price involved.