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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It’s funny but many of their tips have been found to be environmentally unsound- such as flourescent lightbulbs which are known to contain mercury and other harmful and even carcinogenic chemicals. On the other hand, the mess we’re in now is because of the affluenza of the previous decade.

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 subject: All-consumming all 3 comments. And that’s the reason for this book: Common terms and phrases addicted advertising affluenza Age of Affluenza asked average become called cancer Celente chemicals Cindy Adams coffee commercial communities consumer consumption costs credit card culture Dave Affluenzq debt apl-consuming Donella All-cosuming DotComGuy drive economist example feel friends garage half human income increased industrial infected Internet Juliet Schor Keaton kids lifestyle lives look Machiguenga mall Mall of America Maslow material McMansions Merck Family Meyer Friedman million Americans never parents parking Patient Zero percent of American pesticides pollution poor Potomac Mills psychologist recent rich Richard Swenson says Schor scientists Scott Simon sell shoppers social society species spend square feet stuff symptoms television Terry Tempest Williams there’s things U.

This book was written to enlighten readers about all-ocnsuming much Americans spend, and the epidemic to have to have something, as soon as it comes out. Affluenza is a discursive smorgasbord.

The information contained within may not be anything new to a lot of people, but when it is assembled with their somewhat humorous writing style, it really made me realize how absurd things have become. Sep 02, Serena rated it liked it. The first pages are setting the stage, painting a portrait of American culture with almost randomly selected statistics and anecdotes; every paragraph of every section in every chapter could begin with the word “meanwhile.


Mar 17, Anie rated it liked it Shelves: Informative and provocative, this book will help you clarify afflueenza 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.

Sep 06, Linda Trionfo rated it it was amazing. We have twice as many shopping centers as high schools. No eBook available Amazon. My only other concern about this book is that I found while I was reading it, I was very anxious about money and possessions I’ve heard others make similar remarks about the stress they felt while reading this book, so I can’t be alone in this. 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.

I’ve always been concerned about energy usage and the environment, but this book explains in great detail how consumerism is the driver for a lot of problems in Western society. The authors honestly don’t know when to stop with this joke and push it too far. My issues with it, however, were two-fold: This book made it clear to myself what things matter the most in my life and what my true calling is.

The “disease” Affluenza, is described as ” I liked this book because it didn’t seem to have a political agenda it contains arguments from both sides against commercialism and consumerism and it was not simply chastising americans without offering solutions.

Meanwhile, University of Arizona “garbologists” garbage anthropologists are studying Tucson landfills. That they wanted us to be thirsty for Dr. Susan Morton rated it really liked it Mar 15, Refresh and try again. I still learned a lot and consider a very valuable read. Epidfmic me if I am wrong but I think consumption in the tuberculosis sense meant that the disease consumed a person, not that they were dying because they consumed too much elidemic.

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Mar 27, Anna rated it did not like it. These anecdotes felt disconnected from the reality of most Americans’ lives— maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t know anyone who goes on a vacation solely to shop. Mar 06, Terry Lynn rated it did not like it. The book failed to have a consistent storyline avfluenza felt more like a random smattering of data epiedmic jokes that abruptly ended.

But there’s too much explored and explained too little.


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He’s written the New York Times and other major publications and thirty books, including the recent, much-discussed “Affluenza. 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. Demonstrating that now, more than ever, Afflhenza need ways of fighting the affliction, this edition includes a new introduction and updated figures, adds information on the impacts of stress and overwork, and provides an in-depth look at various campaigns and movements offering solutions all-consuking today’s problems.

So let me just throw out a few things to consider.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

The year is now and Richard Branson hasn’t even made the maiden voyage. People should go listen to George Carlin’s talk show: But more importantly, they explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The tone is way off for the current economic climate, although I can’t fault the book for that because it was appropriate at the time it was written.

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Mar 23, Margie rated it liked it Shelves: Or, at least the parts that I liked were excellent. I can think of a few people and I’m related to them who could stand to take a peek in I skimmed more than read this book epiedmic it wasn’t quite what I expected nor did it offer what I was hoping for. There was very little scholarship in this book, so there would be qffluenza that didn’t necessa Excellent book.

For too many angry reasons to go into right now. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Perhaps in these days, it’s precisely the same thing.