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(Fwd) Fwd: Affluenza (read carefully) on PBS (fwd)
>> On Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 pm (8 pm central) this PBS Special will air. If
>>you want more information, go to http://www.pbs.org/affluenza Please pass
>>this information on and encourage your friends to see it. It would also go
>>well in a social action group.
>> Af-flu-en-za n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling
>>that results from one's efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An
>>epidemic of stress, overwork, shopping and indebtedness caused by the
>>dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to
>>economic growth. 4. A television program that could change your life.
>> Affluenza is a one-hour television special that explores the high
>>social and environmental costs of materialism and overconsumption. Here you
>>can learn more about the show, get an Affluenza diagnosis, and check out
>>resources for treatment. Don't miss our Teacher's Guide, available only on
>>this Web site, and help spread the word about the broadcast!
>> Through revealing personal stories, expert commentary, hilarious old
>>film clips, dramatized vignettes, and "anti-commercial" breaks, Affluenza
>>examines the high cost of achieving the most extravagant lifestyle the
>>world has ever seen.
>> Last year, Americans, who make up only five percent of the world's
>>population, used nearly a third of its resources and produced almost half
>>of its hazardous waste. Add overwork, personal stress, the erosion of
>>family and community, skyrocketing debt, and the growing gap between rich
>>and poor, and it's easy to understand why some people say that the
>>American Dream is no bargain. Many are opting out of the consumer chase,
>>redefining the Dream, and making "voluntary simplicity" one of the top 10
>>trends of the '90s.
>> Affluenza travels across the country to show you men and women who are
>>working and shopping less, spending more time with friends and family,
>>volunteering in their communities, and enjoying their lives more.
>> Affluenza is hosted by National Public Radio's engaging Scott Simon.
>>It was produced by John de Graaf and Vivia Boe, the team who produced the
>>critically acclaimed PBS special on another American epidemic, Running Out
>>of Time. Affluenza is a production of KCTS/Seattle and Oregon Public
>>Broadcasting and was made possible by a grant from The Pew Charitable
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