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Consumption

Why Hulu Will Start Charging Subscription Fees

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ramon Nuez

Under the subscription model Hulu will begin testing in May, a show's five most recent episodes will be free; viewers who want an all-inclusive collection of shows can pay $10 a month for Hulu Plus.

Real Men Consume Less and Create More

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Boys are consumers. The problem is that men aren't outgrowing this passive role.

Mexico's Mutant Kernels Ripen After GM Corn Ban Reversed

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jan McGirk

Mexico's first crop of genetically modified maize - due to be harvested later this month - is stoking anxiety about the risks of biotechnology.

Living in Hand-Me-Downs

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Valerie Tarico

Spending money is powerful. It is a power I can use mindfully if I choose. What kind of trends do I want to be setting? Do I treat my stuff like someone else will own it someday?

Worth Watching: Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Home"

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Avital Andrews

Yann Arthus-Bertrand's method is to get somewhere high, usually a helicopter or a paraglider, and point his camera downward. The results are usually magnificent, and last year, they inspired a film.

Wall Street Speculators Driving Up Oil Prices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Oil consumption has fallen, demand from U.S. motorists for gasoline is flat at best and refiners that turn crude into fuel are operating...

Innovation Poses Risks for Older Workers and Firms

Leonid Kogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonid Kogan

The same innovation shocks that create consumption heterogeneity among households have heterogeneous impact on firms, displacing an average growth firm less than an average value firm.

Call for Submissions for Open Source Documentary on "New" Pursuit of Happiness

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Hopefully, by at least talking about consumption and happiness, it might get us thinking about just what it is we're looking for and what we need to be happy.

Subsidizing Junk Mail in the Great Recession

Todd Paglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Todd Paglia

If you think receiving your daily dose of junk mail just kills trees, clogs landfills, exacerbates climate change, is an invitation to identity theft,...

Live from Davos: Sarkozy Says: Let it Out and Take it In

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jack Hidary

President Sarkozy of France opened the 40th World Economic Forum here in Davos with a call to action: "Countries with trade surpluses must consume mo...

Carbon on My Conscience

Bharati Chaturvedi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bharati Chaturvedi

The richest classes comprise one percent of the Indian population but produce 4.5 times more CO2 than the poorest.

Moon River: What Water in the Heavens Means for Life on Earth

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randall Amster

We ought to consider how NASA's discovery of water on the moon could alter the fabric of life on earth. The implications of this find -- including the possible near-term development of a viable lunar colony -- are staggering.

An In-Depth Look at the GDP Report

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hale

The long awaited GDP report is out. Notice it wasn't just durable goods that saw increases: non-durable goods and services also increased. And not by small amounts.

The New Marketing Paradigm: From Lack to Abundance

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Schuyler Brown

Our psychology of lack is being eroded by a sensation of abundance that has arisen despite our financial "woes."

Is Binge Eating A Psychiatric Disorder?

latimes.com | Melissa Healy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

Psychiatrists must decide whether "binge eating disorder" stands alongside anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa as a separate psychiatric condition --...

Edward Burtynsky Oil Exhibit: Examining Our Crude Oil Consumption

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Edward Burtynsky Oil exhibit is on display now until December 13, 2009 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This exhibit features l...

We're Borrowing Half A Planet From Our Kids

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Bosshard

Americans today are claiming more than 17 football fields per person through our consumption. Since we can't borrow extra biocapacity from outer space, we are borrowing it from our children.

Life Cycles of Consumable Goods: Lower-Impact Shades of Green

Renée Loux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Renée Loux

Understanding the "life-cycle" of any consumable good offers a fairly accurate sense of how "green" it really is -- basically, where things come from and what happens to them when we are done with them.

How to have a Slow Holiday: Re-learning How to Play

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Polls show that 90% of Americans feel anxiety around the holidays. So I'd like to propose a solution: Don't shop, play. In my family that involves jumping into snowbanks in our bathing suits.

When Hackers Took My Video Viral

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kirsten Dirksen

On tiny homes, happiness, Freud's nephew, the 'Story of Stuff,' and why massive change will only come about when people realize their lives are better for making a change.

Stuffing: The Real Value Of Thanksgiving

Michelle Howard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Michelle Howard

Thanksgiving does not seem to fuel the eternal combustion engines of American consumption in the way other holidays do, though we may consume a month's worth of calories in one meal.

Not In Love With New Anymore

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Schuyler Brown

Neophilia is in itself a new word. It was popularized around 1999 in techie and sci-fi subcultures to describe the trait of being enthralled by all things novel.

8 Puzzling Food Labels

forbes.com | Joel Kotkin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

If you are like the typical hurried consumer, chances are you don't spend much time considering food labels. And sometimes it can be hard to understan...

Capitalism: Never Enough?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Jim Selman

The epidemic of designer stores is symptomatic of the buying binge we've been on for the last half-century.

Consumer Spending: What If Americans Dont' Start Buying Again?

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If Americans don't start buying a lot of stuff again, can the world economy be saved? What's the global Plan B? These are fundamental questions at the...