Affluenzas costs and consequences are immense, though often concealed. The author concludes cultivation theory is too simple and inexact to explain any affluenza effect. David wann is a master gardener and holds a masters degree in environmental science. Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and. Here you can learn more about the show, get an affluenza. The road not taken an emerging epidemic the age of affluenza is there a real doctor in the house. Affluenza is a onehour television special that explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and overconsumption. Based in part on the pbs television programs affluenza and escape from affluenza. The allconsuming epidemic is a thoughtprovoking examination of what it means to be ill in a modern society suffering from a painful, contagious, sociallytransmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.
This book was written to enlighten readers about how much americans spend, and the epidemic to have to have something, as soon as it comes out. The allconsuming epidemic second edition january 31, 2007 in books, consumerism, global warming, sustainability, voluntary simplicity. Most movies start with a book, but this book started with a movie. David wann in chapters with titles like swollen expectations and a rash of bankruptcies, affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject. In their eyeopening, soulprodding look at the excess of american society, the authors of affluenza include two quotations that encapsulate much of the book. The allconsuming epidemic, 2nd edition by john degraaf, davis wann, thomas h. Isbn10 1576753573 course description this course is designed to give a broad overview of the nature of a consumerist society. Affluenza is a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people. Revised edition of a bestsellerover 75,000 copies sold updated throughout with startling new facts and new material, including the firstever affluenza fever index and a new foreword by vicki robin, author of your money or your life uses a whimsical disease metaphor to explore the serious negative consequences of the obsessive quest for more and more possessions the first edition of. The organization of the chapters of affluenza is a main constant through out the whole book, there are a few extra items in some, it really is a. When too much is never enough clive hamilton, richard denniss anyone concerned about the level of their personal debt or frustrated by the rat race of aspiring to an affluent lifestyle will appreciate this critique of the effects of overconsumption. When your time comes and your whole life flashes before.
Affluenza s costs and consequences are immense, though often concealed. Naylor, the authors explain affluenza, and how it causes overwork, personal stress, the erosion of family and community, high debt, and the growing dissatisfaction for current living. Chapter 1get that money out of your savings accounttheres a whole lotta shoppin going onshopping has become a favorite pastime. It is thought to have been first used in 1954, 1 but was popularised in 1997 with a pbs documentary of the same name 2 and the subsequent book affluenza. Sure, affluenza is a polemic, but its a powerful one. The author finds tantalizing clues of such an effect, and suggests techniques for future research. Affluenza 3rd edition mutation how overconsumption is.
Viewing consumerism with its accompanying overwork and dissatisfaction as a deliberately spread disease, the book consists of three partssymptoms, origins, and treatment. The informational yet entertaining book, affluenza. In chapters with titles like swollen expectations and a rash of bankruptcies, affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious. Based on two highly acclaimed pbs documentaries, affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject. In our view, the affluenza epidemic is rooted in the obsessive, almost religious quest for economic expansion that has become. Of course, the scene is an imaginary one, but the epidemic is real. Christmas is almost over, but the debit line still grows. It is a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, and is used most commonly by critics of consumerism. The road to recovery bed rest aspirin and chicken soup fresh air the right medicine back to work vaccinations and vitamins political. Naylor, redefining progress organization 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. Affluenza is defined as a social virus causing waste, massive debt.
Sure, some of the books more startling factual assertions are, on closer examination, somewhat distorted. And the suggested cures appeal to those who want to do something right now. The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. The allconsuming epidemic, which describes it as a painful, contagious. Based on two highly acclaimed pbs documentaries, affluenza uses the metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject. In our view, the affluenza epidemic is rooted in the obsessive, almost religious quest for economic expansion that has become the core principle of what is called the american dream. A portmanteau of affluence and influenza, a more detailed definition of affluenza can be found in the book affluenza. A powerful virus has infected american society, threatening our wallets, our friendships, our families, our communities, and our environment.
Using the metaphor of disease, affluenza can be defined as a bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the joneses. Kctsseattle oregon public broadcasting oregon public broadcasting. Metrics details download to read the full article text. Untreated, the disease can cause permanent discontent. Naylor article pdf available in agriculture and human values 202. Naylor affluenza the all consuming epidemic san francisco. Sacred songs and bible studies download pdf by ada r. Affluenza uses examples showing damage allconsuming done with family relationships, stress, and even depression. Affluenza the allconsuming epidemic posted in usa in 20 ethan couch, a sixteenyearold texan was drunk driving his bloodalcohol level was three times the legal limit for adult drivers when he rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people who were trying to help a stranded motorist on the side of a road near fort worth. In chapters with titles like swollen expectations and a rash of bankruptcies, affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject. In 1996, together with vivia boe, a fellow publictelevision producer, i set out to craft a documentary about the subject of overconsumption and its many notsobenign consequences for american society.511 1450 1424 1273 35 962 149 309 1304 118 779 310 1458 1202 583 1095 254 358 899 12 673 600 1114 586 489 1145 154 1388 666 1309 298 1143 868 208 792 1296 286 450 1423 1377 1069 1160