Public radio examines consumerism

Kudos to Marketplace and American Public Media for its public radio series “Consumed: Is Our Consumer Society Sustainable?” Marketplace has long been reporting business news and trends. But you don’t often see mainstream business programs or publications willing to question the very foundation of our economy: the selling and buying of consumer goods. I welcome Marketplace adding validity to those, mainly on the social and economic fringe, who’ve been saying for years that our consumer culture is unsustainable. Hopefully, the series will inspire its listeners in business and elsewhere to more deeply consider the question at the heart of its reporting. It even has an accompanying game to play to find out whether you are living a sustainable life. I haven’t played it yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m among the guilty parties.

November 12th, 2007

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