Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shop Til We Drop!

New World Notes News
Vol. 4, No. 39 -- September 25, 2011

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This week in New World Notes, radio program #186, September 27, 2011

Shop Til We Drop!

In brief

Some personal reflections on our corporate-driven culture of massive consumerism. And memories of a time in U.S. history (early 1970s) when the "counterculture" rejected much of the consumer culture. Then 20 minutes of Gene Brockhoff's video documentary, Shop Til You Drop.

The documentary is a bit sprawling and loosely-organized, ... but it has many good and interesting things to say about America's consumer culture--and its causes. (Wish I could add, "and cures"!)

Notes, credits, & links

Shop Til You Drop was adapted to radio by Robin Upton, of Unwelcome Guests. It is presented in its entirety (52 minutes) in installment # 554 of that series.

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "What. me worry?") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

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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.

Coming soon (Tuesday air debut date shown)
  • October 4 -- Three Populists--Tommy Douglas, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower--in their own words.
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