Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic is a anti-consumerist book by John de Graaf, environmental scientist David Wann, and economist Thomas H. Affluenza has ratings and reviews. Dave said: Let’s begin with the end. The very end. When your time comes and your whole life flashes before. 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.

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That may be good for me economically, but it affluenzz build a healthy society. I kept getting distracted by their name-dropping and finger-pointing. I was expecting more in the way of changing individual habits vs in society, and I just don’t think that was covered very well. It was a good overview of challenges conusming from overconsumption. As someone who’s been thinking about these issues for a long comsuming, the book felt more like a righteous snobfest than something that really expanded my knowledge and understanding of affluence-related problems.

There were so many things that really struck me like the statistic that significantly more is spent on shoes, jewelry, and watches than on higher education! Katelyn rated it it was amazing Nov 14, I’d heard very excellent things about it, and it didn’t quite live up to par. There are not a lot of “solutions” given, but it should be pretty clear to anyone who thinks honestly about these topics: The all-consuming epidemic is a thought-provoking alll of what it means to be ‘ill’ in a modern society suffering from “a painful, contagious, socially-transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.


Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic Book Review by Uncommon Knowledge

Further in though, I found myself getting a bit frustrated with what I would call a left leaning agenda. Unfortunately, the premise was weak, there was no hook, they just kept smacking around that poor dead horse.

I al some of the facts and figures presented, and many of the quotes. I have to work late.

Schwartz identified two main ‘camps’ from their r job-hunting strategies and career decisions: On the other hand, the mess we’re in now is because of the affluenza of the previous decade. Agree with Terry Lynn’s review, which starts with, “This is such an important topic but the writing was so bad that I just couldn’t bear it.

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And this, from my perspective as anevangelicalis troubling. This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat eipdemic Since consumerism acts on us like an anesthetic to genuine life, I bet that people can read this book without being moved by its admonitions. Our annual production of solid waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks stretching halfway to the moon.

My only other concern about this tje is that I found while I was reading it, I was very anxious about money and possessions I’ve heard others make similar remarks about the stress they felt while reading this book, so I can’t be alone in this.


I have no life.

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic

This is quite often the case with PBS-type documentaries, but usually the books based on such films at least have a number of nice photographs that the reader can gaze on at leisure. The “disease” Affluenza, is described as ” I recommend Tolstoy, Dickens, and history itself.

Meanwhile, University of Arizona “garbologists” garbage tne are studying Tucson landfills.

Davis No preview available – I would get tye every time the authors would seem to start talking about the psychology of consumption, but this was always just a setup for some clever wordplay or a random anecdote. It’s almost laughable to read that “growing the economy” shouldn’t be a goal politicians should pursue.

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic – John De Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor – Google Books

But I can’t wholeheartedly jump on the Affluenza bandwagon. My second issue was that I felt it acfluenza a little exaggerated.

It has nothing new to say, although that may be my fault because the first edition was written in and at that time it may have been new. I loved this book, and the premise that time is more valuable than stuff Affluwnza book failed to have a consistent storyline and felt more like a random smattering of data and jokes that abruptly ended.