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The Best 20 Minute Video You Will See: The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard (+2 million view)



March 22, 2008 – Comments (5)

I think this video is great. It explains the current economy very well in 20 minutes.

Watch it here:

I understand it may not seem like an agenda a capitalist would like to see, but I think it is accurate.

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#1) On March 22, 2008 at 11:38 AM, dwot (29.17) wrote:


Glad I'm in Vancouver this week and I was able to view it.  I have so little bandwidth up north... 

The thing about stuff....  Yes, last year I replaced my computer not because I felt a strong need, but because things like this site would lock it up, it was 7 years old, but I am going to take it up north with me because it is better than what they give us in the school.

I went shopping big time this week, but then where I am now shopping isn't exactly a pastime.  I have a new laptop and an ipod and ipod accessories.  I've never had any of this new technology -- mp3 players or anything like that.  Indeed, my 19-year-old car only has a cassette player and I was never inclined to replace that system in an old car.  So, I fit over 100 cds on this little, itty-bitty ipod, a whole shelf of stuff...  Amazing, and I showed it to my sister-in-law and she was amazed as well.  Us techo-nerds, I had no idea the technology had come that far. 

But, I do feel that is technology is good for the environment.  Serious, I have thrown out boxes of records, and now I have all these cassette which are obsolete and hitting the trash.  I had 8-track tapes hit the garbage...  I can't see this system hitting the trash, well, except that I don't think I got enough memory, but I just loaded albums and I can delete stuff I don't care for as much.

I remind myself of this retired couple that came into the bank when we first mounted basic calculators on the counter.  All they could do was add, subtract, multiply and divide.  This couple was so amazed by the technology they spent 15-20 minutes just playing with it...  That was around 1980... 

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#2) On March 22, 2008 at 12:38 PM, abitare (30.14) wrote:


Welcome back to civilization and bandwidth. I think the new idea of living a minimalist life style will catch on.

I would keep the 8 Tracks and records! They were selling them for decent money in England, as a novelty.  

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#3) On March 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM, dwot (29.17) wrote:

The 8 tracks actually went dodo bird in the 80s...

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#4) On March 22, 2008 at 11:18 PM, Tastylunch (28.66) wrote:

 I've seen that vid before, it's a good one.The conusmerist economy certainly has limitations.

I think a fundamental flaw with capitalism is that it doesn't have a way to properly encourage environmental conservation. I can't really conceive of a way to resolve that. Pollution credits don't prevent ecologically sensitive areas from being completely ruined and there is not very many businesses that can make money by not using natural resources at some level.I suppose virtual goods can reduce/replace the demand for a lot of physical products but as long as the human population keeps growing we are eventually going to reach a finite limit in terms of space and natural resources (assuming we remain earthbound, which I think is 95%+ likely in the next century).

Sooner or later this going to come to a head. 

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#5) On May 16, 2009 at 4:08 AM, AiyanaG (< 20) wrote:

The video was nice. The Story of Stuff is starting to make the rounds on the internet.  The Story of Stuff is a documentary short by Annie Leonard, an international trade critic and environmental causes advocate.  The video is short – 20 minutes – and it explains the cycle of goods and services, and the staggering amount of waste that's produced in our quest to have stuff.  She also points out that our consumer model of society has created many of the problems we face, and some people would give a cash advance to make the film go away.  Still, The Story of Stuff could mean a need for credit repair on the guiding philosophy of life these days.

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