Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sustainability vs consumerism: a video called The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff
Originally uploaded by drinksmachine
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, with a special focus on the United States, says one observer.

All the stuff in our lives, beginning from the extraction of the resources to make it, through its production, sale, use and disposal, affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view.

The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us 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.

From your teacher: While The Story of Stuff uses most of the forms of propaganda that can be imagined and does not offer internal documentation, I think it nonetheless offers a valuable point of view. American students are expected to grow and to observe many points of view. This analysis of life on the planet today may provoke you to valuable considerations of how our system of business, government and lifestyle might morph.

See it here.

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