With consumer loans, providing tremendous purchasing power that theoretically resulted in a higher standard of living. And manufacturers and marketers will make sure that scenario will always remain to keep them in business.
These "swelling expectations" force us to keep up with the latest products and work more to afford them.
John Kenneth Galbraith suggested that our emphasis on private opulence led to public squalor with declining transit systems, schools, parks, libraries and air and water quality.
An era of consumption had begun and along with it was the increase in production of products created with "planned obsolescence" in mind.
An Emerging Epidemic - During World War II, Americans knuckled under and accepted rationing and deprivation, limiting their consumption and driving and growing their own food with victory gardens.
Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather. Karl Marx had suggested that too many goods results in too many useless people. Once you buy a highly coveted object, how do you feel? How many of you consider going to the mall a social event?
In other words, do you meet up with friends there or plan on going with your family on the weekends as "family time"? By the time of the industrial revolution, the push for automation under the guise of higher production in less work time resulted in longer workdays rather than shorter ones as employers, greedy for more, exploited their employees.
Is it possible to have both individual wealth and public wealth? A Rash of Bankruptcies: That, in studying hunter-gatherers or more "primitive" cultures, the individuals and communities rely on very few possessions and are quite happy without amassing huge quantities of stuff.
Advertising Got a lot of blackberries?
After the war, an economic boom erupted, fueled by low-interest government loans and pent-up economic demand. Can you step back, look at what you have and be satisfied with it or, if you do really need something, is getting a used version or the low-feature model okay? Do you have credit cards and if so, do you pay them off every month or do you just pay the minimum?
What do you think? With advertising, manufacturers were convincing consumers through creative ads that their product was not only necessary, but better, convenient and disposable. Tuesday, January 15, Affluenza book discussion chapters 1 - 5 Welcome to the first discussion post for the Affluenza, The All-Consuming Epidemic book club.
In other words, products were manufactured to last only a short time so that they would have to be replaced frequently.
Are you happy for a short while and then depressed and looking for the next great thing or are you satisfied with it for as long as you have it?chaptersPart 1 Chapter Chapter one introduces the reader to the main character, Raphael Fernandez.
Raphael, a fourteen year old dumpsite boy narrates this part of the story and it entails many interesting ideas about the Behala dumpsite. Affluenza book discussion (chapters 15 - 18) Here is the discussion post for the fourth installment of the Affluenza, The All-Consuming Epidemic book.
chaptersPart 1 Chapter One Chapter one introduces the reader to the main character, Raphael Fernandez. Raphael, a fourteen year old dumpsite boy narrates this part of the story and it entails many interesting ideas about the Behala dumpsite.
Summary of the Introduction to Affluenza In the Introduction of Affluenza, the authors, John De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor discuss a new. Introduction to Affluenza Summary In the introduction to Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic Second Edition, written by John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H.
Naylor, the co-authors describe affluenza, which they define as a “virus” that affects American society and the world. This is a great book. Both of the Affluenza movies (Affluenza, Escape from Affluenza) are also excellent. Chapter 1 The nearest mall is 40 miles away from our home, and we do not go there.
Even aside from the rampant consumerism they represent, I’m just not a .Download