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Overspent American, The

Synopsis
Based on Juliet Schor’s book, this video scrutinizes what she calls "the new consumerism"--a national phenomenon of upscale spending that is shaped and reinforced by a commercially-driven media system.

Drawing on her academic research, Schor explains the cultural forces that cause Americans to work longer hours and spend more than they can afford in order to participate in a consumption competition with others. The video illustrates how more and more products are being used as social communicators to demonstrate material success and challenges the inevitability of the consumer lifestyle by proposing alternatives to the work and spend cycle that has so many Americans feeling trapped and unfulfilled. The video draws attention to--and ultimately raises serious questions about--the costs (both financial and societal) of relentlessly searching for happiness and identity through consumption.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2003
Year of production
2003
Subjects
Economics; Sociology
Keywords
consumer behaviour; economic issues; United States of America

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
£250.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
55 minutes
Year
2003

Type
VHS
Format
NTSC
Price
$250
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
55 minutes
Year
2003

Distributor

Name

Media Education Foundation

Email
info@mediaed.org
Web
http://www.mediaed.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 413 584 8500
Fax
+1 413 586 8398
Address
60 Masonic Street
Northampton
Massachusetts 01060
USA
Notes
The MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of the mass media, particularly in the US, with emphasis on gender, health, politics, race and commercialism. Sale on DVD.

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