Produced for PBS by the network's Seattle affiliate KCTS, the semi-satirical documentary Affluenza dissects America's "rampant materialism" and "epidemic of overconsumption." After exploring the causes of affluenza, the film provides a diagnosis of the symptoms and suggests possible treatments -- or "escapes" -- for the afflicted viewer. National Public Radio personality Scott Simon serves as host, while guest stars include Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, who suggest how to get off the "work and spend treadmill" by citing their best-selling book Your Money or Your Life; Kalle Lasn, published of Adbuster magazine and creator of anti-manipulative "subvertisements"; Jennifer Gallus and Olivia Martin, teenaged authors of the award-winning play Barbie Get Real, which skewers the conspicuous-consumption cult of the Barbie Doll; and Gleen Stanton, social research analyst for public policy on behalf of James Dobson's Focus on the Family group, who discusses religious conservatism's response to materialism in everyday life. The 56-minute Affluenza made its PBS debut on September 15, 1997, and was followed by 1998's Escape from Affluenza. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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ContentsSpecial features: "From the filmmaker" : a conversation with John de Graaf (25 min.)
"A simple calling" : with voluntary simplicity expert Cecile Andrews (9 min.)
"The two Y's, democracy and the economy" : with economist Peter Dorman (10 min.)
Teacher's guide PDF (DVD-ROM)
Viewer's guide PDF (DVD-ROM).
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Consumers -- United States -- Attitudes.
Materialism -- Social aspects -- United States.
Materialism -- United States.
Advertising -- Social aspects -- United States.
Advertising -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Marketing -- Social aspects -- United States.
Marketing -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
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|Other Titles|| Affluenza (Television program : 1997)
De Graaf, John,
Boe, Vivia, producer.
Simon, Scott, narrator, on-screen presenter.
Jacobson, Michael F., commentator.
Shi, David Emory, commentator.
Lasn, Kalle, commentator.
Dominguez, Joseph R., commentator.
Robin, Vicki, commentator.
Elgin, Duane, commentator.
Celente, Gerald, 1946- commentator.
Rifkin, Jeremy, commentator.
Harwood, Richard C., commentator.
Wachtel, Paul L., 1940- commentator.
Mazur, Laurie Ann, commentator.
Swenson, Richard A., commentator.
Stanton, Glenn T., 1962- commentator.
Schor, Juliet, commentator.
Korten, David C., commentator.
Strasser, Susan, 1948- commentator.
Halstead, Ted, commentator.
Espinoza, Sheila, composer.
KCTS (Television station : Seattle, Wash.), production company.
Oregon Public Broadcasting, production company.
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), contributor.
Bullfrog Films, publisher.
Host, Scott Simon ; commentators, Michael Jacobson, David Shi, Kalle Lasn, Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin, Duane Elgin, Gerald Celente, Jeremy Rifkin, Richard Harwood, Paul Wachtel, Laurie Mazur, Richard Swenson, Glenn Stanton, Juliet Schor, David Korten, Susan Strasser, Ted Halstead.
Music, Sheila Espinoza.
Originally produced for television broadcast.
Program content: ©1997.
DVD; NTSC; full screen presentation.
National Wilbur Awards, Best Documentary
1 videodisc (56 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.