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Advertising and The End of The World
Advertising & the End of the World features an illustrated presentation by Sut Jhally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the producer and writer of the award-winning Dreamworlds II. Focusing…
Capitalism Hits The Fan - Richard Wolff on the Economic Meltdown
With breathtaking clarity, renowned UMass Economics Professor Rick Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects…
Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination
Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics, and our culture, even though a growing body of research suggests it may be well past its sell-by date. In this illustrated presentation…
Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood
With virtually no government or public outcry, the multi-billion dollar youth marketing industry has been able to use the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children…
Default - The Student Loan Documentary
Just a few years after the subprime mortgage crisis, there are ominous signs that the student loan market is on the verge of collapsing, yet another casualty of predatory lending…
Dysfunctional Societies - How Equality Makes Societies Stronger
What distinguishing feature do the world's healthiest and happiest societies have in common? According to acclaimed author Richard Wilkinson, the answer is simple: they have far less income inequality than…
Feeding Frenzy - The Food Industry, Obesity and the Creation of a Health Crisis
Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents -- and a startling 70% of adults are now obese…
In Debt We Trust - America Before the Bubble Bursts
This hard-hitting documentary investigates why so many Americans - college and high school students in particular - are being strangled by debt. Zeroing in on how the mall has replaced…
Mickey Mouse Monopoly - Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power
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…
The New Economics 101
Economist and bestselling author Juliet Schor lays out a positive vision for rethinking our relationship to consumer goods in this accessible and timely analysis of the devastating ecological, social, and…
The Next American Revolution
Beyond Corporate Capitalism and State Socialism While there's been no shortage of commentary about the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system, from wage stagnation and chronic unemployment…
No Logo - Brands Globalization Resistance
In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world's best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can the…
The Overspent American - Why We Want What We Do Not Need
This powerful video scrutinizes what Juliet Schor calls "the new consumerism" -- a national phenomenon of upscale spending shaped and reinforced by a media system driven by commercial interests. Illustrated…
Plunder - The Crime of our Time
Exposing the forces responsible for the loss of trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, massive foreclosures and the disappearance of retirement funds, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time investigates the…
Shop 'Til You Drop - The Crisis of Consumerism
Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a…
Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse
In this highly anticipated sequel to his groundbreaking, ADVERTISING AND THE END OF THE WORLD, media scholar Sut Jhally explores the devastating personal and environmental fallout from advertising, commercial culture,…

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Shop 'Til You Drop - The Crisis of Consumerism
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, Shop 'Til You Drop challenges us to confront…
The New Economics 101
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
Economist and bestselling author Juliet Schor lays out a positive vision for rethinking our relationship to consumer goods in this accessible and timely analysis of the devastating ecological, social, and personal costs of mass consumerism. Ranging from cutting-edge developments in economic theory, social analysis, and ecological design to real-world examples…
Consumerism & the Limits to Imagination
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
Consumer capitalism dominates our economy, our politics, and our culture, even though a growing body of research suggests it may be well past its sell-by date. In this illustrated presentation based on his latest critically acclaimed book, media scholar Justin Lewis makes a compelling case that consumer capitalism can no…
The Overspent American - Why We Want What We Do Not Need
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
This powerful video scrutinizes what Juliet Schor calls "the new consumerism" -- a national phenomenon of upscale spending shaped and reinforced by a media system driven by commercial interests. Illustrated with hundreds of media examples, The Overspent American draws attention to the costs (both financial and social) of the relentless…
I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store
Guerilla filmmaker Brendan Toller unleashes I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store, "an elegy for a vanishing subculture...a lively, bittersweet film that examines - with caustic humor, brutal candor, and, ultimately, great affection - why roughly 3,000 indie record stores have closed across…
Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
In this highly anticipated sequel to his groundbreaking, ADVERTISING AND THE END OF THE WORLD, media scholar Sut Jhally explores the devastating personal and environmental fallout from advertising, commercial culture, and rampant American consumerism. Ranging from the emergence of the modern advertising industry in the early 20th century to the…
Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
With virtually no government or public outcry, the multi-billion dollar youth marketing industry has been able to use the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids now influence an estimated $700…
The Cost of Cool: Youth Consumption and the Environment
The Cost of Cool: Youth Consumption and the Environment features teenagers discussing what it takes to be "cool", the pressures of consumerism, and the environmental price we pay to have the latest, "coolest" stuff. The video begins with an examination of the growth of the world's population and the impact…
Store Wars - When Wal-Mart Comes to Town
Part of the Series: The Globalization Trilogy
This documentary follows the conflict that polarizes a small town when Wal-Mart wants to build a mega-store there. In the U.S., Wal-Mart opens a new mega-store every two business days, creating 150 Store Wars stories every year. It is the story of the impact of discount chain stores on American…
American Made Movie
American Made Movie is the story of America being defined by the things that we make. Regardless of our status in the world's manufacturing total, there are millions of workers who can and will build more. It's a call to action for companies to fortify the middle class backbone of…
Secret History of the Credit Card
Part of the Series: Frontline
The average American family today carries 10 credit cards. Credit card debt and personal bankruptcies are now at an all time high. With no legal limit on the amount of interest or fees that can be charged, credit cards have become the most profitable sector of the American banking industry:…
Model - An Inside Look of the Modeling Profession
MODEL shows male and female models at work on TV commercials, fashion shows, magazine covers, and advertising for a variety of products, including designer collections, fur coats, sports clothes and automobiles. The models are seen at work with photographers whose techniques illustrate different styles of fashion and product photography. The…