This is something I’ve always been curious about. Most people just take for granted, living in a consumer orientated society, that stuff is produced in factories by business for profits in an efficient and productive manner. Its “natural” and fundamental to the way we all live and necessary for the continuation of work, jobs and money in a country’s economy. But is this really the case?
Working in the IT industry I’ve always been concerned about the rapid turnover in computer equipment every 6 months to a year. I always considered it to be a part of technological innovation and obsolescence. And for awhile I was happy to be carried along with this trend. This applied to concepts of technology, learning and education too. Intel was always bringing out faster and new computer chips (hardware) while Microsoft was busy bringing out new and supposedly better versions of windows (software) too. However, I soon began to realise that something deeper was really at play here.
The Story of Stuff is an animated video compilation freely available over the internet which looks in “graphic” detail just how stuff is originated and produced to eventually end up in the hands of every day consumers like you and me. Its socially collectively and spiritually acknowledging of the global effects this system of production and consumption is having on the planet and its inhabitants (us and everything else!!!)
Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.