Monday, February 11, 2008

The Contagious Affluenza

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. de Graaf

affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. PBS

Anthropologist/Psychologist Oliver James believes there is a connection between the increasing nature of affluenza and the increase of material inequality! Consumerism at it's best...and according to James, along with the idolization of this consumeristic push of cherished stuff comes the innevitable mental disorders.

Below is Part 1 of the documentary...watch the entire six parts of the video and draw your own conclusions!

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