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Who Killed the Electric Car links:
Three new articles (2016):
"An Oil War of Attrition" by Stanley Reed
Queen of Versailles links
Conversation: Lauren Greenfield, Director of 'The Queen of Versailles'
(Watch the second video/interview)
Documentaries for Research Projects:
ESPN's 30 for 30 (Netflix provides an annotated list)
from essay 1:
Which site is more reliable?
Final links: updated
Video: Secrets of the Lost Canyon
in HD: Secrets of the Lost Canyon
More info here
Gone Tomorrow links:
From Pollan's book (and Food Inc.):
Happy Pig, Happy Customer (scroll half-way down the page)
"Faster Slow Food: Could Online Grocery Shopping Promote the Cause of Sane Eating?"
by Mark Bittman
"The Minister of Food: Can the British Superchef Jamie Oliver remake America's diet in one of the country's unhealthiest towns?" by Alex Witchel
"Rules to Eat By" by Michael Pollan
"Amid the Ruin of Flint, Seeing Hope in a Garden" by Dan Barry
"The Urban Deerslayer" by Sean Patrick Farrell
"Big Food vs. Big Insurance" by Michael Pollan
"For Your Health Fruit Loops" by William Neuman
"Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" by Michael Pollan
"Street Farmer" by Elizabeth Royte
"Eat, Drink, Think, Change" by Kim Severson
from "Generation OMG" by Kate Zernike
The Depression saw a return to traditional values that had broken down in the go-go 20s, said Robert S. McElvaine, a professor at Millsaps College who has written several histories of the period. The difference now, Professor McElvaine said, is that the buy-it-on-credit, how-many-colors-can-I-get-it-in consumer culture runs far deeper, including in the young.
“Our definition of cutting back is not nearly what it was for people in the ’30s,” he said. “Younger people have been targeted at least since the baby-boom generation was young in the 1950s to get them into the whole consumption-oriented way of life. It may take a little longer because we’re so infinitely removed from those waste not, want not values — we’ve never really practiced them.”
Sometimes the satirical newspaper The Onion is so right on, I can’t resist quoting from it. Consider this faux article from June 2005 about America’s addiction to Chinese exports:
FENGHUA, China — Chen Hsien, an employee of Fenghua Ningbo Plastic Works Ltd., a plastics factory that manufactures lightweight household items for Western markets, expressed his disbelief Monday over the “sheer amount of [garbage] Americans will buy. Often, when we’re assigned a new order for, say, ‘salad shooters,’ I will say to myself, ‘There’s no way that anyone will ever buy these.’ ... One month later, we will receive an order for the same product, but three times the quantity. How can anyone have a need for such useless [garbage]? I hear that Americans can buy anything they want, and I believe it, judging from the things I’ve made for them,” Chen said. “And I also hear that, when they no longer want an item, they simply throw it away. So wasteful and contemptible.”
Let’s today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis and ask a radical question: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall — when Mother Nature and the market both said: “No more.”
After the attacks of Sept. 11, though, President George W. Bush urged Americans to go shopping. President Obama has taken a different tack, issuing a budget whose very title, “A New Era of Responsibility,” strives for an austere tone. On Inauguration Day, the first daughters, Sasha and Malia, dressed not in designer labels but clothing from J. Crew. On television, the insurance giant Allstate is running a sepia-toned “back to basics” advertising campaign, and in Target’s “new day” commercials, the “new pedicure” is administered by a spouse and the “new vacation glow” comes from a spray bottle.
“Though the recession was always talked about in economic terms, we felt really strongly that, in fact, it was a crisis of culture,” said Tracy Johnson, research director for the Context-Based Research Group, a market research firm in Baltimore that views the recession as a rite-of-passage that will reorder consumer priorities.