Affluenza (Television program : 1997)

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  • "Both PDF files may be downloaded and printed"--Attached insert.
  • ML: Includes public performance rights.
  • Includes public performance rights.


  • "A fascinating look at one of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism. Hosted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the program explores both the comical and sobering aspects of our consumerism and its enormous impact on families, communities and the environment. With the help of historians and archival film, Affluenza reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prizes thriftiness - with strong beliefs in 'plain living and high thinking' - into the ultimate consumer society"--Container.


  • Documentary.
  • "PBS."
  • Originally produced for television broadcast.
  • Program content: ©1997.
  • DVD; NTSC; full screen presentation.
  • Closed-captioned.
  • Main feature contains English closed captions for the hearing impaired ; special features are not closed captioned.


  • Symptom: Swollen expectations -- Symptom: Shopping fever -- Symptom: Chronic stress -- Symptom: Hyper commercialism -- Symptom: Material: Girls (and boys) -- Symptom: Rash of bankruptcies -- Symptom: Fractured families -- Symptom: Social scars -- Symptom: Resource exhaustion -- Symptom: Global infection
  • Special features: "From the filmmaker" : a conversation with John de Graaf (25 min.) -- "A simple calling" : with voluntary simplicity expert Cecile Andrews (9 min.) -- "The two Y's, democracy and the economy" : with economist Peter Dorman (10 min.) -- Adbusters uncommercials -- Teacher's guide PDF (DVD-ROM) -- Viewer's guide PDF (DVD-ROM)
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