This blog is a result of my two tenth grade honors English classes studying in our American Literature course the Transcendentalist writers of New England during the 1850's, when it was the beginning stages - the first thirty years - of the Industrial Revolution.

My students and I are over here in Taiwan at The International Bilingual School at Hsinchu, grades 1-12.

To read the overview that explains the seeds that sprouted into this blog, please see May 4th's blog post, The process of a modern day transcendentalist: http://transparenteyeballers.blogspot.com/2009/05/process-of-modern-day-transcendentalist.html

Sunday, 10 May 2009

The Story of Stuff

In Anne Leonard's video about the story of stuff, she explains the true story of how the things we use everyday get produced and disposed. We currently live in a system of crisis that is consuming too much for our finite planet to replenish itself in time. Corporations use planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence to keep us buying new things; they purposely design things to be thrown as soon as they are used, like paper cups and plastic bags, but they also brainwash us through the media to dispose things that are still perfectly find to use! People buy things they don't really need, and then they work extra hours to pay for buying so much, and they get tired and watch TV, which tells you to buy more stuff..this cycle continues on and on. The system has to be changed, so that it doesn't waste resources or people, and while some people think that this is unrealistic, what is truly unrealistic is believing that we can keep on bullying the Earth's resources and get away with it. People create this system of excessive consumerism so people can also create a new system, a system that will work in harmony with the earth.

1 comment:

  1. The definitive critique to the Story of Stuff: