Saturday, February 16, 2013


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New World Notes News
Vol. 6, Nos. 7-8 -- February 16, 2013

This fortnight in New World Notes, radio programs #259-260, February 19 & 26

C o n s u m e d
in Two Parts

In brief

Consumerism and overconsumption, from the perspective of "evolutionary psychology." This two-part series features the video documentary, Consumed: Inside the Belly of the Beast.

I'm not so sure of the "evolutionary" part of "evolutionary psychology." People act in certain ways, and it's hard to see what is gained by asserting that we act that way because, through natural selection, we evolved to act that way. But there's much more to the movie than this--and the conventional psychology, sociology, and economic history brought to bear here all seem insightful.

As Annie Leonard puts it (in The Story of Stuff), we're trashing the planet, and we're not even having fun. So why can't we stop? Well, maybe we can.

Plus additional reflections by K.D. And, in Part 2, also some commentary by philosopher/economist Charles Eisenstein.

Notes, credits, & links

Adapted to radio by K.D. Thanks to Robin Upton for introducing me to the video. Robin's own radio adaptation of Consumed may be found in installment #634 of his show, Unwelcome Guests, available at .

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

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