Thursday, March 5, 2009

Romanticism and Primitivism on TV

This is a bit off topic from the last few posts but I thought it was too good not to share.
I am a fan of Morgan Spurlock's documentaries. You may remember him as the guy who ate nothing but McDonalds for a month and made the award-winning movie about it. He continued to make documentaries after Super Size Me, and even came out with a TV show called 30 Days. In the show, he, or average Americans, embark on a radical lifestyle change for 30 days. Some past examples have been an affluent couple living on minimum wage, a very conservative, ex-marine, deeply religious man living in San Francisco's Castro district and a southern Baptist living as a Muslim, all for 30 days. Through these experiences, the participants gain new insights into previously unexplored worlds and sometimes it changes how they perceive themselves and others.

I recently watched an episode which I thought related to the idea of romanticism and primitivism, as well as Natural Resources as a major. A couple from the Bronx living in an eco-village for a month. They are living totally off the grid, have to compost everything, make their own food, heat their own water and basically live off the land. I thought it was a very, very interesting 45 minute episode and, unfortunately, probably reflects a lot of the average Americans attitudes about their environment and energy consumption. It is very well worth your time to see and I think it could provide for some interesting discussion. Here is the link:

No comments: