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The Story of Stuff

Posted on February 8, 2008

A friend of mine just sent me a link to a video called “The Story of Stuff” which she thought I would like based on my environmental interests and my love of the book Simple Prosperity. Well, she was right. I loved the video and I think some of you may as well. Check out the excerpt below and if you enjoy it please head to the Story of Stuff website to watch the whole 20 minute video. It’s really worth the time. The video is also a nice primer to some of the ideas found in Simple Prosperity.

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  1. Aaron February 17, 2008 11:48 am

    You’re kidding me right? This was like the environmentalists version of Fox news. It’s mass of idealism and half-truths. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with direction the movie is advocating, but the only people you win over with the sensationalism and simplistic arguments are uneducated highschool and sophomoric college kids. One example, people aren’t forced to live in factories because WE destroyed their lands. People choose to live in factories because they never HAD any lands to begin with. They are the lower class living in an underdeveloped, overpopulated country. It’s not a choice any of us like. However, it’s the alternative to begging and famine. It was not some Utopian society before we showed up. The video is filled with statements like the above where a conclusion is asserted with no evidence or with a simplistic understanding of the world and human nature. There are many things our society could do much, much better, but bogus arguments and sensationalism don’t help anyone. Please, PLEASE, tell me you weren’t caught by this video. If so, your next stop could showing Fox news to your evangelical congregation when this cause gets tired.

  2. Eric Olson February 18, 2008 9:32 am

    @ Aaron: How detailed do you expect thing to get in a 20 minute video? I think what you fail to realize is that the attention span of an average person these days is probably closer to 10 or 15 minutes and maybe 20 if you are lucky. So, if you want to get someones attention you need to make a short video like this that, due to its short duration, can’t explain all of the details you touch on below.

    Of course this video isn’t perfect and I never said I agreed with every claim it made but if it gets people to sit up, take notice and start working for change then in my mind it served its purpose.

    I think, or at least I hope, that you would agree that things need to change. If so, then you should back this video for what it is since most people won’t do research or read a book on the subject but a lot of people will watch a 20 minute video. Perhaps you have a better idea for framing this topic in under 20 minutes. If so I would encourage you to put something together.

    That said, for now this is a decent video that will get people to start moving in the right direction.

    Side note: I do find it interesting that you say that the video is sensational yet you tell me I should go watch Fox News and show it to my evangelical congregation. Looks like you are doing the exact thing you argue against. Perhaps you should try a less sensational and insulting form of arguing next time around and people may actually start to listen to your points.

    Insulting me just makes me wonder if you have any basis for your own arguments (and the fact that you only leave your first name and no link to any website, essentially making you anonymous, is even worse. If you are going to insult someone and make claims about something at least be willing to attach your full name to it.).