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Affluenza

I just wanted to share a couple books and a documentary that I recently came across regarding the shift in the mentality of Americans to consumerism. All three are called "Affluenza".

The documentary was aired on PBS in the mid-nineties (I want to say '97 but I am not sure) and it talked about how the US has become a country of consumption and though we have a lot more than ever, most people are a lot less happy. It touches on AdBusters, Buy Nothing Day, and surprisingly Ted Haggert and Focus On The Families stances on the "more is more" ideology. (I think that's the first time I've ever agreed with them!) The first book takes the documentary and expands on it going into more detail. The second book (which I haven't started yet) seems to focus more on the Australian economy. Anyway, I highly recommend the books and the documentary. I think you should watch the documentary first to get a feel for it, and if you want more info read the books. Here are the links to everything:

Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic
Affluenza: When Too Much Is Never Enough












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dyfferent
Feb. 24th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Affluenza-Oliver-James/dp/0091900115/

There's yet another thing called Affluenza, a book by Oliver James!
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