Thursday, April 30, 2009


Through revealing personal stories, expert commentary, hilarious old film clips, dramatized vignettes, and "anti-commercial" breaks, Affluenza examines the high cost of achieving the most extravagant lifestyle the world has ever seen.

Last year, Americans, who make up only five percent of the world's population, used nearly a third of its resources and produced almost half of its hazardous waste. Add overwork, personal stress, the erosion of family and community, skyrocketing debt, and the growing gap between rich and poor, and it's easy to understand why some people say that the American Dream is no bargain. Many are opting out of the consumer chase, redefining the Dream, and making "voluntary simplicity" one of the top 10 trends of the '90s.

Affluenza is a one-hour television special that explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and overconsumption.

Click here to visit the official website.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this, am getting my kids and students to watch and consider...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. I am a voluntary simplicity person. This will help me get the message across.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a comparison of materialistic attitudes between recent times and about 80-90 years ago. I suspect that they would be about the same