Affluenza

Affluenza

Cast: Scott Simon, Joe Dominguez, Jennifer Gallus, Kalle Lasn

     
 
Produced for PBS by the network's Seattle affiliate KCTS, the semi-satirical documentary Affluenza dissects America's "rampant materialism" and "epidemic of overconsumption." After exploring the causes of affluenza, the film provides a diagnosis of the symptoms and suggests possible treatments -- or "escapes" -- for the afflicted viewer. National Public Radio

Overview

Produced for PBS by the network's Seattle affiliate KCTS, the semi-satirical documentary Affluenza dissects America's "rampant materialism" and "epidemic of overconsumption." After exploring the causes of affluenza, the film provides a diagnosis of the symptoms and suggests possible treatments -- or "escapes" -- for the afflicted viewer. National Public Radio personality Scott Simon serves as host, while guest stars include Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, who suggest how to get off the "work and spend treadmill" by citing their best-selling book Your Money or Your Life; Kalle Lasn, published of Adbuster magazine and creator of anti-manipulative "subvertisements"; Jennifer Gallus and Olivia Martin, teenaged authors of the award-winning play Barbie Get Real, which skewers the conspicuous-consumption cult of the Barbie Doll; and Gleen Stanton, social research analyst for public policy on behalf of James Dobson's Focus on the Family group, who discusses religious conservatism's response to materialism in everyday life. The 56-minute Affluenza made its PBS debut on September 15, 1997, and was followed by 1998's Escape from Affluenza.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
UPC:
0761326132027
Original Release:
1997
Source:
Bullfrog Films
Time:
0:56:00
Sales rank:
40,917

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Affluenza
1. Introduction [2:20]
2. The Definition of Affluenza [1:22]
3. Swollen Expectations: The 50s [3:00]
4. Shopping Fever [2:42]
5. Chronic Stress [2:03]
6. Hypercommercialism [1:05]
7. Material Girls (and Boys) [4:18]
8. Marketing to Children [2:08]
9. Schools Targeted [3:38]
10. A Rash of Bankruptcies [3:32]
11. Fractured Families [3:53]
12. Social Scars [3:40]
13. Global Infection [:44]
14. America Sets The Example [1:52]
15. The Simple Life [5:37]
16. Prevention and Cure [3:46]
17. Redefining "Progress" [1:40]
18. Living Better with Less [7:18]

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