Buy Nothing This Holiday Season

More than 200 million Americans shopped over Thanksgiving Weekend, spending more in a day on average than 1 billion people worldwide earn in a year. If you haven’t started your shopping yet, please don’t buy a thing. The Earth can’t afford the interest payments. Read on for tips on how to make it easier to buck cultural expectations to buy nothing.

The Two Towers

The Two Towers

Miami, Florida, recently approved construction of two 50-story electronic billboards designed to market the wares of the consumer society. Forget Times Square, these two towers, if built, would become leading symbols of consumerism and bombard people with ever more encouragement to buy, buy, buy. In fact, it feels like something right out of The Lord of the Rings, but instead of the Towers Orthanc and Mordor, we’re building the Towers of Mindblank and Buymore.

Time to Raise Rates on Junk Mail

Time to Raise Rates on Junk Mail

Recently, facing a serious budget deficit, the U.S. Postal Service proposed increasing its delivery rates. But the newly-created Affordable Mail Alliance (AMA) has announced its opposition to raising rates. Why? Because that’ll cost the alliance more to bombard Americans with their billions of pieces of junk mail. I say let’s raise the rates on junk mail, effectively taxing this ecologically destructive form of spamming. Not only will mail recipients and America’s environment benefit but the Postal Service will be able to balance its budget on the backs of the junk mail industry. Sounds like a perfect solution to me.

Boldly Going to the Next Frontier(Ville): Actual Farms and Homesteads

Boldly Going to the Next Frontier(Ville): Actual Farms and Homesteads

After finally trying FarmVille and the new FrontierVille, I was deeply saddened to imagine the millions of hours a day being squandered growing virtual corn and carrots. But there may be a silver lining: this addictive social game may cultivate a whole new generation of farmers, although only with a bit of help from the inventors of these games….

A New Kind of Fast

A New Kind of Fast

Muslims are fasting for Ramadan. In today’s consumer societies, there are ever more and varied opportunities to fast—from turning off your TV to giving up your car. What kind of fasting are you doing?

Will Malls Dominate in the 21st Century?

Will Malls Dominate in the 21st Century?

The world’s second most populous country is witnessing rapid growth of malls, along with a rising consumer class. Comparing the mall phenomenon of the US, this blog questions the type of development path India will take in an era focusing on sustainability.