It's going to change my life. Experiences may very well make you happier than your stuff, but not necessarily. This whole process started because I, like a lot of people these days, seemed to have an inability to part with my belongings well after they had served their purpose and even if I hadn't used a particular item in yeeeears, I just couldn't let go. A perfect read for those who have just discovered Marie Kondo's Tidying Up. In this groundbreaking book, trend forecaster James Wallman finds that a rising number of people are turning their backs on all-you-can-get consumption, from the telecoms exec who's sold almost everything he owns, to the well-off family who have moved into a remote mountain cabin. An original, provocative mixture -- Peter N Stearns, provost, George Mason University An exhilarating ghost train ride through the madness of over-consumption, during which we are taunted by our own greed. This is a nice synthesis of some current trends and a stab at predicting the future.
Wallman not only has no problem with it, he extols it as the only rational alternative. A sustained delight in returning the cable box to Time Warner; in preferring e-books that do not take up space; resoling a pair of boots instead of buying a new pair; in saving for a trip by eschewing taxis and new clothes for a year. I enjoyed the various anecdotes about people's ways of dealing with the 'Stuffocation'. He looks at options: minimalism, simple living, and medium chill, before settling on experientialism as the great answer. But having everything we thought we wanted isn't making us happier.
We have to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. They can, and will be - the person who stays home and reads for a vacation is having an experience, but it's not as an exciting one as the person who took a cruise to Alaska for theirs. But I was left with a couple questions that were also raised at Wallman's at the Royal Society of Arts. I know this is true for me. Is there a different model? In fact, it would seem quite the opposite. Minimalism he say is too difficult and thus will never catch on. I was agreeing with this part of the book and Wallman was sticking to the main point of his book.
In principle I agree that we were a very materialistic society, particularly in the 80's, and that material possessions were a status symbol. Wallman traces historically how we all ended up with so much stuff. He weaves studies and statistics into the narrative, raising the same questions that readers are asking. We have more stuff than we could ever need - but it's bad for the planet and it's making us stressed. Jednak ku mojemu zaskoczeniu, książka nie jest typowym poradnikiem - jest raczej rozprawą na temat tego jak zmieniał się świat od momentu, gdy popularny stał się konsumpcjonizm, aż do tego co dzieję się teraz.
The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. Wanting fewer things and more experiences has set a domino-line of change into motion. And, fundamentally, that means having a stash of cash to be able to do it and not worry about the consequences. He states that the internet, and social media in particular helps to promote experientialism because people can broadcast their experiences to everyone. I couldn't put it down. Thus, I was very interested in the book Stuffocation by James Wallman. Posiadacie mnóstwo sprzętu, którego nie używacie, masę ozdób w domu, które wcale nie sprawiają, że Wasze otoczenie wygląda lepiej.
I would have liked to give this book more stars. Tough read because of the verbosity but, some good insights that that make the wading worthwhile. Wallman addresses this concern by citing similar alarmist concerns by the at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. But having everything we thought we wanted isn't making us happier. Even if we are able to transcend our inherent biological impulses, our capitalist system depends on consumerism. My only big complaint is that this is predominantly a white, middle class, First World, affluent, future. And is replacing your Maserati by posting on Facebook as you write poetry from your beach hut in Sri Lanka, living with the gains from everything you've saved and sold, a different dream? But he felt that something was still missing from his life.
To wit - the author describes the problem, Stuffocation, its root causes and history, and ill effects. Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel - and James Wallman takes us there -- Mark Tungate, author, Adland: A Global History of Advertising Stuffocation will take you on the journey of your life. Do we want 'experiences' engineered, put on price tags and sold? But now I know why I get anxious in kitchens with poorly organized cupboards. Maybe that's just because I've already realised how stuff was negatively impacting my life? It means Americans buy a new piece of clothing every four to five days. He introduces us to people who have become minimalists, medium chillers, consumer-minimalists, and finally, experientialists.
James wrote the futurology column in T3 magazine and was editor of The Future Laboratory's forecasting publication. I think I have to get my hands on this book, I love contemplating consumerism and keeping up with the Jonses, I think many of us are on a hamster wheel and it can be really hard to jump off when everyone is on it. Since we can't adequately measure or reduce to a single easy number the value and nature of our happiness it tends to be ignored. Stuffocation is a book about how the current culture of buying more and more simply for the sake of it is making people unhappy and how culture should move more towards v I have seen this book around, especially when I was really started to get interested in minimalism. Would definitely recommend it to those interested in what's happening and why. Instead of answering a difficult question by the long, rational route, instead, we look for a simpler version of the original question.
Yet, despite the clear connection between stuff and stress, the families continued their weekend trips to bulk stores to buy more than they could ever consume. It's cluttering our our homes. I guess the best way to say it is that the book lacked gravitas. A perfect read for those who have just discovere Wallman makes a convincing argument that, after a certain point, more things do not increase the quality of life. I have seen this book around, especially when I was really started to get interested in minimalism.
Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel - and James Wallman takes us there -- Mark Tungate, author, Adland: A Global History of Advertising Stuffocation will take you on the journey of your life. James wrote the futurology column in T3 magazine and was editor of The Future Laboratory's forecasting publication. Achieving happiness through consciously chucking out or flogging off what we no longer need. But having everything wethought we wanted isn'tmaking us happier. Plumps for something he calls experientalism, which as he acknowledges sounds like Facebook one-up-manship and seems to him to be at least partially a type of status-seeking. He tackled the issues clearly and fairly and pointed out the problems with each view he describes. Could he continue to live this way for the rest of his life? This is not just another book about the world as we experience it now and prescriptions for how to live.