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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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.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

In any case it is a good guidance to warn human being to turn back from the madness of constantly consuming, before it is too late. Jeanna Wieselmann is currently reading it Aug 30, That may be good for me economically, but it doesn’t build a healthy society. Kindle Editionpages. The format, with copious graphics, including chapter and subheadings, inviting spacing, and graphs and charts that are easy to read, makes the book more accessible reading, since the topic is pretty heavy.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers- Consumption Economics – pages. The metaphor largely works.

Demonstrating that now, more than ever, Americans 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 for today’s problems. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.


Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic – John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor – Google Books

I gave it a three because it’s caused me to think a bit more about what I want, but I’m not even sure if it deserves that many stars based on the writing and the organization. And that chapter made me mad.

It’s WAY too polemical. Meanwhile, University of Arizona “garbologists” garbage anthropologists affkuenza studying Tucson landfills. It is deeply disturbing that such a tome of complete indoctrination is being passed off as a textbook in our schools.

I don’t think this is fair or accurate. Contact us here or email us directly at support unk. It simply states the current situation, forces you to take a look at the life your living as a consumer, and asks you if you’re alll with it. Mar 17, Anie rated it liked it Shelves: I really do believe that Americans fall prey to consumerism, but Affluenza lacks any plausible analysis of this.

And it tries to meetnonmaterial needs with material goods, a losing strategy. The emptiness can not be solved. cojsuming

I’m exhausted, I go to sleep, I wake up and this routine begins all over again. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

He is author of two books, Biologic: I would get excited every time the authors would seem to start talking about the psychology of consumption, but this was always just a setup for some clever wordplay or a random anecdote.

Having said that, I’ll re-read it in a few years. This article is about the alo by John de Graaf. 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.

Also interesting is the idea of taxing consumption instead of wealth. Turns out, it’s not actually true, and is just a statement that’s been repeated for so long that it’s now assumed to be true. cohsuming


Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

Published September 1st by Berrett-Koehler Publishers first published Retrieved from ” https: This was a depressing, highly critical description of wll for most thinking people is common knowledge.

Clnsuming authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. Read our privacy policy. Unfortunately, the premise was weak, there was no hook, they just kept smacking around that poor dead horse. I decided to take the action of becoming vegan and made myself a mission of simplifying my life and promoting a simply lifestyle to others.

In each of the past four years more Americans declared personal bankruptcy than graduated from college. It was a good overview of challenges arising from overconsumption. Trying to explain advertising to a 4 year old was tough This is a good read that will make you think hard about society, yourself and the people in your life. 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.

Excellent points, great information, and it really inspired me to want to change. John Wilson rated it liked it Mar 04, The “disease” Affluenza, is described as ” Pepper wanted to “remind” us that we should drink it.