Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Story of Stuff: Propaganda aimed at kids

There's a short film that's been out on the internet for a couple of years now. It's called "The Story of Stuff". It purports to teach us about how damaging consumerism is to the environment. Unfortunately, it's also a load of bull. In an effort to inform, all the filmmaker is really doing is terribly misinforming anyone who watches it. She oversimplifies, misrepresents, and gives out a lot of completely erroneous information.
"We’ll start with extraction which is a fancy word for natural resource exploitation which is a fancy word for trashing the planet. What this looks like is we chop down trees, we blow up mountains to get the metals inside, we use up all the water and we wipe out the animals." - The Story of Stuff
This wouldn't be so bad if discerning adults were the only people watching it. The problem is that this documentary style film is being shown to impressionable kids in schools all over the country, without any rebuttal.

Here's a good summary about why this film is so bad.

And, instead of watching the film itself, go right to this link to watch a great critique of the film (the first of four parts). Lee Doren blows this film apart, and while some of his points are not great, most of them hit the mark.

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