In The Men Who Made Us Spend BBC TV programmes, journalist Jacques Peretti presents his evidence, and offers no simple solutions. Back in 2002, when previewing Adam Curtis' The Century of the Self TV programmes, Bryan Appleyard wrote: "The Century of the Self is a startling revelation of the way things that we take for granted are, in fact, the result of specific ideas and … [Read more...] about Review: The Men Who Made Us Spend. Putting the con into consumerism?
In The Men Who Made Us Spend BBC TV series, journalist Jacques Peretti examines consumerism. The three thought-provoking programmes explore, in order, how product lifespan, fear and children are used to drive consumption. Peretti sets out to answer the questions "why do we buy what we buy?", and "how is our desire to spend manipulated?" by interviewing experts, influential … [Read more...] about The Men Who Made Us Spend: More information, links, quotes and notes from the BBC TV programme
On BBC Radio Four, author Will Self explored the impact of the mood altering drug Prozac, referring to the very idea of happiness and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World along the way... "Psychotherapist Susie Orbach diagnoses a generation of "Prozac children" raised on the promise of on-demand happiness." via BBC Radio 4 - The Prozac Economy. Also: … [Read more...] about The idea of a Prozac nation