Friday, December 28, 2007

The Story of Stuff

There are countless number of movies and documentaries made about the state of our environment, with the higher profile ones like Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, or Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour making it to the cinemas. But here's my little recommendation of the subject being taken on a refreshing spin, making it easy for the layman to understand as it's part of our daily consumerism psyche, the need to satisfy some crazy keeping up with the joneses, or the succumbing to the temptations of slick advertisement that make us feel inadequate.

Our wanting for stuff and our buy-buy-buy attitudes actually fuel this crazy linear assembly line and production plants that provide us with things we may or may not need, and Annie Leonard puts them all together very succinctly in a 20 minute short, with comedy and animation all thrown in. This goes to my highly recommended list, as we ponder over the crazy sale and bargains we pick up prior to the X-mas season (which has evolved into a consumer spending spree of gifts and presents), and as we approach the new year, it's something to think about.

You can click on the link below to go to the official website, where there's a host of viewing options, either on the page itself where you have navigational controls over the chapters, or you can download a 50mb .mov file for viewing at your own leisure.

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