Affluenza

SEEK Updated
10/23/2015
Resource Types: 
Guide
Video
Abstract: 

Affluenza is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease - caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism - that is having a devastating impact on our families, communities, and the environment. We have more stuff, but less time, and our quality of life seems to be deteriorating. By using personal stories, expert commentary, hilarious old film clips, and "uncommercial" breaks to illuminate the nature and extent of the disease, Affluenza has appealed to widely diverse audiences: from freshmen orientation programs to consumer credit counseling, and from religious congregations to marketing classes.

With the help of historians and archival film, Affluenza reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prized thriftiness - with strong beliefs in "plain living and high thinking" - into the ultimate consumer society. The DVD contains the following special features updating the information provided by the original film:

  • 3 filmed interviews with filmmaker John de Graaf, voluntary simplicity expert Cecile Andrews, and economist Peter Dorman
  • 7 Adbusters "Uncommercials"
  • Teacher's Guide and separate Viewer's Guide in PDF format.
  • Related materials include:
  • A teacher's guide
  • two brochures "All Consuming Passion" and "How Earth-friendly Are You?" are also available upon request.
  • Book: Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic
  • Video: Escape from Allfuenza
Author: 
Bullfrog Films
Topic Areas: 
Culture
Economics
Humanities
Stewardship
Target Audience: 
All
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Pages/Length: 
56 min.
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
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