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We funded the boom. We funded the bank bailout. Now we're expected to fund the recovery. But we cannot shop our way out of the long term problem: Over-consumption contributes to almost all global challenges. As nice as our luxury lifestyles are, we cannot ignore the elephant...
Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite our wealth? Erik Gandini's approach through Surplus is to portray this issue from an emotional...
The Disney Company's massive success in the 20th century is based on creating an image of innocence, magic and fun. Its animated films in particular are almost universally lauded as wholesome family entertainment, enjoying massive popularity among children and endorsement...
Jesus Camp is a 2006 documentary directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a Pentecostal/ charismatic summer camp for children who spend their summers learning and practicing their "prophetic gifts" and being taught that they can "take back America for Christ." According...
Civilization, the one-size-fits-all way of life that's right for everybody - whether you like it or not! Don't like the cradle to grave security you get from tribal cultures? Try "civilization" - it's great! See side-bar for product details. Civilization is not intended to...
A double, triple (?) dose of irony is used to capture the essence of the hipster in the yearly "Hipster Olympics" - quite a tee off of champions - the kind who don't stand for anything. Pretty funny stuff. I can't help but want to say to these people, "Hey! Haven't you heard?...
This video plugging Avaaz.org exposes the myth of a fundamental clash between Islam and the West as a problem of politics—not cultures. It received over 1.4 million views and 37,000 comments on Youtube (right up there with Star Wars Kid), and helped secure Avaaz.org as the...
What is Creative Commons? It's the future of copyright - a whole new way of sharing and remixing culture. Audio remixed and mashed up by Robin Good, Livia Iacolare and Michael Pick.
Inside USA - Avi Lewis travels to Arkansas and Alabama to look at the rise of race hate groups in America. Watch part 2 through the accompanying website link.
What if you live in the most destructive culture ever to exist? What if that culture refuses to change? What do you do about it? An excellent presentation by Derrick Jensen, a must watch for everybody who hasn't had the chance to hear Jensen speak in person.
A video directed by Karen Lum, adapted from the poem "Slip of the Tongue" written and performed by Adriel Luis. Title courtesy of Upworthy.
Earth needs humans to figure out our shared destiny, says Alan Seid, whose interest is both the outer and inner dimensions of sustainability. Outside there's ecology, social systems and economics (e.g., in Permaculture). Inside is the psychological dimension of personal and...
Bill Maher points out that America needs to stop bragging about being number 1, and start acting like it. Think we have the freest media in the world? We're 44th. Literacy? 55th. The most free?   Bill Maher is also in:  Big Pharma and Healthcare , This Isn't What I Voted For...
And they don't give a damn either. That's why the crazy rantings of these old fogies should be viewed purely as entertainment, as fiction, as the wild and deranged fantasies of a generation out of touch with reality. You've been warned. ;)  
The planet is quickly confronting us with limits to the exploitative, dominator system of the past 5000 years. David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, and more recently The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, implores us to replace...
Media junk food is mind pollution. As waves of erratic, mindless info-toxins increasingly lay siege to a battered mental landscape, our mental pores become clogged, cluttering our capacity to think and to feel empathy. And so we find today that Junk Media is to our mental...
In Part 2, Dawkins opines that the moral framework of religions is warped, and argues against the religious indoctrination of children. Dawkins has said that the title "The Root of All Evil?" was not his preferred choice, but that Ch. 4 had insisted on it to create...
There are would-be murderers, all around the world who want to kill you and me, and themselves, because they are motivated by what they think is the highest ideal..." - Richard Dawkins. In this television documentary, Richard Dawkins raises the question, is religion the root...
The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? (Includes all parts of this multi-part series.) Filmmaker Adam Curtis has also...
IF YOU'RE EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH THE VIDEO ABOVE, YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE FILM FOR FREE AT THE OFFICIAL PBS FRONTLINE WEBSITE. They spend their days sifting through reams of market research data. They conduct endless surveys and focus groups. They comb the streets, the...
Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity. Tough Guise is the first educational video...
It's no wonder our perception of beauty is so obscured. The fashion and hype industries will make bones out of us all.
A PSA by Adbusters - a magazine and internet publication advancing ideas about the way we live and how we can reshape our culture in terms more sustainable and humane. In their own words: "We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators...
We should probably just accept it. And then embrace it. And then dance!