In case you're looking for a good solid reason to get off the consumer bandwagon, here's 20 or so. Very cool video. Takes 20 minutes. Here's an intro sample:
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I know the problem is huge, but we all have a role to play in changing the way we (especially we Americans) live. Honestly, I'm still trying to sort it all out. Probably the biggest change I've made so far is to cancel my cable TV. I also don't get the paper. Without either of those, I no longer get bombarded by all the ads. It was a weird adjustment at first, but I have to tell you that one year later, all I feel is relief. I had no idea how much pressure I was feeling from all that advertising, constantly pushing me toward discontentment and buying more and more stuff to make it all better. Of course, I've still got internet, and it troubles me to see the ads becoming more and more frequent and invasive on the web. But I do my best to avoid them.
What are some ways you're getting off the consumer hamster wheel?