While reading George Monbiot's column (published in today's Guardian), I followed his footnote to this great site that I hadn't seen before: The Story of Stuff Project. I watched their first 20 minute video of the same name -- thought provoking stuff! Perfect to show to my introductory economic class next term just after they've read the chapter on 'resource maintenance' and are doing the one on consumption and consumerism (in Microeconomics in Context, by Goodwin, Nelson, Ackerman, & Weisskopf).
There's a series of other videos, all with annotated transcripts freely available, where sources and more background information is given. A great resource!
I'm Rod Hill, a professor of economics at the University of New Brunswick and the co-author, with Tony Myatt, of "The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics" (London: Zed Books, 2010) and The Microeconomics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide, second edition (London: Bloomsbury, 2022). The first edition was translated into Chinese (Shiwenbooks, Beijing) and into Turkish (Heretik Press, Ankara, 2017. I will use this blog as a place to post discussion with readers of our books and related subjects
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