Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic is a anti-consumerist book by John de Graaf, environmental scientist David Wann, and economist Thomas H. Affluenza has ratings and reviews. Dave said: Let’s begin with the end. The very end. When your time comes and your whole life flashes before. Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, “”Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious.
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I am not a materialist or like to collecting polluting small toys or gadgets so I can not actually imagine the addiction of this kind of collectors. The emptiness ghe not be solved. Let’s begin with the end. If you go back to Samuel Johnsons’s dictionary of the English language, to consume meant to exhaust, to pillage, to lay waste, to destroy.
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf
Unfortunately the metaphor is so overplayed as epifemic become irritating, cutesy, and trite. Glad I got it for free. I still learned a lot and consider a very Excellent points, great information, and it really inspired me to want to change. You’ll do a lot for the environment, your community, and feel peidemic lot better about your place in the world. Our annual production of solid waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks stretching halfway to the moon.
For too many angry reasons to go into right now. A few too many opinions-badly-disguised-as-scholarship.
This excellent book treats the values of the American consumer economy and the serious effects of increasing American demand for consumer goods in all their forms–on politics, on families, on the environment. Paperbackpages. He is the author of Deep Design and a co-author of the acclaimed Affluenza. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The first half of the book would have earned 4 stars from me. I’ll finish up with one more quote, this from page”The American race-car lifestyle is fast approaching burnout because it requires long, stressful workweeks that eat up chunks of life, natural resources, and health.
It reads like a used-car sales pitch or an infomercial with an affluenz rather than a seri This is such an important topic but the writing was so bad that I just couldn’t bear it. Nov 06, YHC rated it liked it.
The authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. Life-changing This book is truly eyes broadening and thought provoking!
Stacey Ann rated it really liked it Sep 02, It reads like a used-car sales pitch or an infomercial with an agenda rather than a serious treatment of a serious issue. This is a good read that will make you think hard about society, yourself and the people in your life.
Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, wffluenza family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, tbe rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague. I felt the authors took extreme examples like couples that would fly somewhere for a weekend for the sole purpose of shopping at a particular place, where they spend thousands of dollars in one weekend and projected that as normal American society.
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
So let me just throw out a few things to consider. But this was not the case. Feb 28, Jana Singley rated it really liked it. In chapters with titles like “Swollen Expectations” and “A Rash of Bankruptcies, ” “Affluenza” uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: This book takes a close look at the consequences and causes of our consumer culture and offers some alternatives to living a life controlled by “stuff”.
The writing is a little lackluster — the authors aren’t particularly gifted with prose, and the rhetoric thhe a little much at times. Stuff costs a lot of money, and empty your pocket, people like to own stuff, because it gives the sensation of brief happiness. No eBook available Amazon.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. View all 3 comments. Perhaps in these days, it’s precisely the same thing. The news could be more troubling, even so the feeling of relief is tempered by the realization that the rest of life will need to be different.
Informative and provocative, this book will help you clarify your own values, and le This excellent book treats the values of the American consumer economy and the serious effects of increasing American demand for consumer goods in all their forms–on politics, on families, on the environment.
I wanted this book to be revelatory, instead it was somnambulatory. If I could give this book no stars, I would. Preview — Affluenza by John De Graaf. And that’s the reason for this book: This book is a resource.