Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

Is consumerism running out of steam?

With an ONS survey revealing our 'material consumption' has fallen in an increasingly digital age, Rhodri Marsden ponders an unhappy future for old-fashioned shopping