The Story of Stuff (Happy Earth Day)

I got the following two sites from Barb J.  

She sent “The Story of Stuff” last Christmas and the “Garbage Dump Reality Show” one a couple months later.  I didn't get the first one posted last Christmas so put it in the “on deck” circle for next Christmas (which is why there's been a “December 2008” line showing up on the calendar on the left side of this blog for the last little while.) 

When she sent the other one, she pointed out that Earth Day would also be a good time to post these stories.  So that's what I'm doing.  Here's her original “Story of Stuff” e-mail…

Apologies if you've already seen this or heard about it – it seems to be spreading across Facebook and the 'web pretty quickly. But it's a concise and humbling (if also somewhat politically charged) description of the consumption cycle. More than your usual “rah-rah go environment” stuff, this really examines the role that WE play in consumption (including the psychological effects of fashion and advertising).  It's a pretty good site, although the video is long (over 10 minutes, I think) so watch it when you have the time to sit through it.

An especially potent message at this time of year, when it's ALL about consumption (especially as a way to demonstrate your feelings for others).

And here's the other one she sent…

Came across this article in Salon about a new reality show which places contestants in a garbage dump to demonstrate how much good "stuff" gets thrown away. Reminded me of the Story of Stuff clip. I know you said you have it bookmarked or whatever for next Christmas. It could also work for Earth Day (in April). At any rate, this story seemed to go hand in hand with the Story of Stuff:

Oh, and everyone who thinks Barb should start a blog, stick out your tongue! (I don't have a "hands raised" emoticon)

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I've been telling her she should do it! 😛

    Posted 23 Apr 2008 at 7:03 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Ah, well. Finding and suggesting 2 news stories in 5 months does not a blogger make.
    When IF I find something about which I can consistently (and frequently) have something interesting to say, I'll start a blog. Until then … I'll just continue to hijack the comment sections on your respective blogs!
    Thanks for the shout-out though, and the vote of confidence. If I'm ever dumb enough courageous enough to start blogging, you'll be the first to know.

    Posted 24 Apr 2008 at 3:56 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    It's nice to have someone whose main participation is as a commenter too. I often feel guilty about all the blogs I read but how rarely I leave comments. So have a layer in the new interactive blogosphere between regular blogger and lurker is a good thing!

    Posted 26 Apr 2008 at 5:58 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Since she's hesitant because she doesn't have a topic that inspires her to blog (what's our excuse?) maybe Barb should start a whole new paradigm – the annual blog. Once a year on a specific day (her choice), she post a hugely profound, earth-shattering topic. Or what she had for lunch.
    That could be cool – especially if that was her stated intention (unlike other unnamed bloggers who start off strong then post on such an irregular basis that I feel like I'm wasting cyber-pixels just by keeping them in my RSS reader.)

    Posted 26 Apr 2008 at 6:06 pm

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