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Alternate title:Shop until you drop
The crisis of consumerism
Summary:Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, Shop 'Til You Drop challenges us to confront these questions head-on. Taking aim at the high-stress, high-octane pace of fast-lane materialism, the film moves beneath the seductive surfaces of the commercial world to show how the flip side of accumulation is depletion -- the slow, steady erosion of both natural resources and basic human values. In the end, Shop 'Til You Drop helps us make sense of the economic turbulence of the moment, providing an unflinching, riveting look at the relationship between the limits of consumerism and our never-ending pursuit of happiness.
Creator:Brockhoff, Gene
Well Crafted Films
Contributor:Peterson, Alex
Whybrow, Peter C.
Schor, Juliet
Andrews, Cecile
Elgin, Duane
Jordan, Chris, 1963-
Twitchell, James B., 1943-
Darley, Julian, 1958-
Provider:Media Education Foundation
Century:2001-2100
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States
Place of origin – Region:Massachusetts
Place of origin – Settlement:Northampton
Topical subjects:Consumption (Economics) -- United States
Materialism -- Social aspects -- United States
Consumer behavior -- United States
Advertising -- Social aspects -- United States
Genre:Documentary films
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Economics, Business, Commerce, Labor
Films@UM Browse terms:Economics, Business, Commerce, Labor
Collection:Films@UM
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