Shop ‘Til You Drop: The Crisis of Consumerism
The Media Education Foundation’s film Shop ‘Til You Drop: The Crisis of Consumerism is a refreshingly contemporary and interdisciplinary peek into the machinery of American consumerism and advertising. Shop ‘Til You Drop is more than a useful tool for the overshopper; it’s a much-needed wake-up call for all of us. The film encourages us to see that the habit of “keeping up with the Joneses”—whether they live next door or in the fantasy world of television and other media—misuses our lives and our planet. It offers us some perspective and invites us to step back and reassess our values and goals. For details, click here
“SPENT! is a touching drama that will take you on Cheryl Johnson’s breathtaking journey. Pretty, poised, articulate and fashionable, Cheryl (Tracey Costello) seems to have it all, but she also holds a secret. Cheryl has fallen prey to the American Girl “Shop ‘till you drop” syndrome. She is consumed by consumption. Her co-workers have no idea that Cheryl has a shopping problem, which has quickly gotten out of hand. ” For details, go to www.spentthefilm.com
A Family Shopping Addiction | Run’s House (Season 5) | Ep. 10
Sep 7, 2008 … Watch the full length A Family Shopping Addiction music video for free on MTV.com.
The Secret History of the Credit Card, 1 hour.
In “Secret History of the Credit Card, “FRONTLINE® and The New York Times join forces to investigate an industry few Americans fully understand. Correspondent Lowell Bergman uncovers the techniques used by the industry to earn record profits and get consumers to take on more debt. You can watch the whole video online. Home videos of Secret History of the Credit Card are available through ShopPBS in DVD format.
Affluenza, 56 minutes. Bullfrog Films, Oley, Pennyslvnia
This videotape takes both a lighthearted and a serious look at “affluenza”, our modern-day plague of overconsumption and materialism, and explores its personal, familial, societal and environmental impact. To purchase, click here
Escape from Affluenza, 56 minutes. Bullfrog Films, Oley, Pennyslvnia
This sequel to Affluenza presents humorous and thought provoking vignettes to show how people from many walks of life are escaping from “affluenza”, reducing their consumption, simplifying their lives, and feeling more satisfaction. To purchase, click here
The Story of Stuff, www.thestoryofstuff.com
“From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”
What Would Jesus Buy?, 90 minutes. WWJB Movie
Produced by Morgan Spurlock and directed by Rob Van Alkemade, What Would Jesus Buy? follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir singing their way across the country in December 2005, preaching their anti-consumerist message at the Mall of America, Wal-Mart headquarters, and on Main Street in Disneyland on Christmas Day. Entertaining and eye-opening, it’s a sharp poke at holiday consumerism. To purchase, click here
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