Social 30: Consumerism & Environmentalism

Consumerism is a social and economic theory that promotes the acquisition of material goods at ever accelerating rates. If you recall from our Marx as Santa Claus/Captain Capitalism video, you’ll remember that CC wants people to spend spend spend. Indeed, the line of thought is that money should always be working: Consumerism promotes this.

In the videolinked below, you hear President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 discussing the implications of extremism on his consumerist nation.

BUSH VIDEO

Now that’s not to say this view of consumerism is universally accepted: Environmentalists are one group staunchly opposed (just as extremist religious fundamentalists are).

Watch the following video and create graphic notes–depicting, in the end, your response to the video–with the accompanying note taker. Please note: This video is very biased.

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Mr. McIntosh

Teacher - Humanities

My teaching assignment this year includes Social 20, Social 30, Jr. Sports Performance, Sr. Sports Performance, Kindergarten PE, Social 5, Math 2, and Social 9. My coaching assignment this year includes Cross Country (XC) from Grades 1-12, Sr. High Boys Basketball, Sr. High Boys Handball, and Tennis from Grades 9 - 12. In addition, I serve as one of the school representatives to our ATA Local Council and sit on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Bashaw.

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