Affluenza Essays

  • Affluenza: An American Epidemic

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    Affluenza is an epidemic which effects millions of people in the United States. “Until this century [20th], to consume was considered a bad thing” says Jeremy Rifkin an expert on affluenza ( Gross ). The victims of affluenza are consumers who work long hours at a job they hate so they can buy things which they don’t need ( Fight Club ). Like AIDS, affluenza has spread quickly throughout the United States showing no prejudice of race, sex or color. However, unlike AIDS, affluenza is

  • Affluenza: To Buy or Not To Buy

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    Affluenza: To Buy or Not To Buy There is an epidemic widespread throughout the country. A highly contagious disease of being out of control; overconsumption, and the symptoms normally include compulsive shopping, high debt, overwork, a sense of entitlement, obsession with externals and "having it all," wastefulness, and stress. The disease is called affluenza, which is derived from the word “affluence,” meaning: abundant supply, wealth, and riches. Affluenza has been described as: “ 1. The bloated

  • Affluenza- An unhappy relationship with money

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    Affluenza- An unhappy relationship with money Causes & Cures In this essay I plan to analyze a dangerous disease that is infecting people through the U.S. This disease is called affluenza it is very contagious and once infected with the disease it is difficult to unseat. Affluenza us characterized as an unhealthy relationship with money, swollen expectations and trying to keep up with the Joneses. Affluenza creates stress, bankruptcies, and causes problems in relationships. Although, there

  • Wealth and Greed - Do You Suffer from Affluenza?

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    Affluenza: A Human Created Disease With Profound Consequences Chances are that you haven't come across the disease known as affluenza, even if you have been an avid reader of newspapers and listener of news broadcasts. It is possibly the least discussed of the more debilitating diseases of our time. Strangeness characterizes this disease in many other ways too. Almost every one of us actively carries it. Its effects impact not only the immediate carrier but also society at large. Its symptoms

  • Overconsumption in America

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    epidemic overconsumption, and the symptoms include compulsive shopping, high debt, overwork, inability to delay gratification, a sense of entitlement, obsession with externals and "having it all," wastefulness, and stress. The disease is called affluenza, which is derived from the word "affluence," meaning: "a : an abundant flow or supply: PROFUSION b : abundance of property : WEALTH." According to, The average adult spends more time shopping each week than s/he spends with his or her

  • Affluenza Thesis

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    Affluenza is a mental disease that afflicts those who are wealthy. Those who are wealthy may tend to have depression, boredom, and an unhappiness in their lives. Furthermore, they tend to have a feeling of nihilism. This apathy is reserved for those more fortunate than the rest. When you ponder about the possible events and concerns that can be avoided by using such pleads, you can see that the wealthy have a fallback that they may plead in order to escape. When you argue for affluenza, there

  • Analysis Of Affluenza

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    Lindsay Kohler Fitzgerald Movie Paper In the short film Affluenza directed by John de Gaaf, the problematic effects overconsumption has on society and the environment are exposed. Within the one-hour documentary, viewers learn how the desire of shopping for goods can have an immense impact on debt at all levels. Consequently, the passion of Americans to consume more than they ought to is having a devastating impact on families, communities, and the world. Through the use of personal stories, commentary

  • Affluenza Case Study

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    tons of basic raw materials annually and over two million plastic bottles an hour. Just by Americans alone, the total yearly waste could fill up multiple garbage trucks and wrap around Earth six times and reach half way to the moon. In the book Affluenza by John De Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor they state, “In 1996, we used nearly a third of its resources and produced almost half of its hazardous waste” (--). Which has resulted in millions of tons of plastic that has entered the oceans.

  • There's No Defense for Affluenza

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    "The Affluenza Defense: Judge Rules Rich Kid’s Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deadly Drunk Driving Accident" -- Madison Gray, The relationship between motive and consequence is a complex one, and is made even more debatable when context becomes involved. Throughout our judicial history, the line between responsibility and exemption remains razor-thin in its subjectivity. If a woman murders her husband, but was abused by him for years, why is this considered different from a

  • Reflection Of Affluenza

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    schools. In Affluenza by John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas H. Naylor, an analogy of a horrible disease provides a outstanding basis in which we can observe and learn about what ways our society is becoming desensitized towards positivity, intelligence, modesty, creativity and beauty. The next generation is always the most important when the one before ages. Early in child’s life, family stability and the right information from the world around them are so important. In Affluenza, examples and

  • Affluenza: Buying Unnecessary Items

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    forty-five percent in the last twenty years (Statistics-Consumption/quality of life pg. 194). Americans are experiencing a thing that is many times known as “Affluenza”, this is when someone buys more items, such as clothes, cars, houses, or any unnecessary items. Many people talk about this so-called “Affluenza”, like it is a medical term. The word Affluenza is pretty much saying that people make money and work hard for their money and they like to buy nice things, because they can and they have the money

  • The Affluenza Case Essay

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    This case is about Ethan Couch, a sixteen year old boy who killed four people and injured 10 people and did not serve any jail time because they said he was suffering from Affluenza. Doctor Miller says that Affluenza is the reason to this crime because he was a child of privilege and his parents never said no. Ethan was driving while intoxicated and the car lost control, swerve into a ditch, swipe a car, ran over 4 people crashing into another

  • What Does Affluenza Mean To Me Essay

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    Affluenza refers to the need to purchase more to obtain happiness. Affluenza also associated with anxiety, stress, debt, feeling embarrassed of family and community, and having the sense of feeling that there is a difference between rich and poor. It also means that someone who has everything but still wants more but he/she is not satisfied with what he/she have in their lives. I don't find it in my life because I am happy with what I have now. I like being simple because money cannot buy happiness

  • Ethan Couch's Argument

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    influence after stealing beer from Walmart and he swerved off road, killing four pedestrians. The judge sentenced him to 10 years’ probation; this outraged many people because the usual punishment is a life sentence. Mr. Couch claims he suffers from “Affluenza”, which is a psychological problem that is caused by children being extremely privileged. Ethan Couch should not have received probation because of his family’s status, because he was driving under the influence,

  • Ethan Couch Case

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    One could say that the legal system is corrupt and favors the elites. To better explain, the Ethan Couch case, or the “Affluenza” case will be used as an example. “Law reflects the type of society in which it is found.”(Barkan, 2009) This is one of the four major assumptions of law. This case involves a wealthy and privileged

  • Ethan Couch's Suicide

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    for his crimes, one phycologist claims Ethan is not at fault due to the fact that he suffers from affluenza. The judge believed, as stated in line 5, “He’s a defendant in need of treatment” (Ford). The psychologist believes “that Couch's life could be turned around with one to two years of treatment” (Ford). The fact that he can be rehabilitated means that his mistake was the fault of his affluenza and not his parents. And even so, Ethan was 16 when the events took place therefore, he should have

  • Life Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness Analysis

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    Overtime, the American Society has grown dependent on material goods; however, as a nation we also need these material goods to thrive while sustaining our countries status in comparison with the rest of the world. Affluenza was added to the American vocabulary in 1977 and is defined as: "n. The bloated, sluggish, and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses..." Although many Americans do "keep up with the Joneses," not every U.S. citizen is obsessed with living in

  • Alex Piquero

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    Throughout the last couple of years, tensions between the African American community and police departments across America have been at an all-time high. According to Alex Piquero’s Race, Punishment, and the Michael Vick Experience, “Blacks are generally less trustworthy of police and have been or know someone who has been mistreated by them” (537). This may be because the United States’ criminal justice system, as described by Rachel Feinstein, can be seen as a white-dominated institution, functioning

  • The Nurture Theory: Genetic Theories At War

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    adapted over time, based off of the people and environment surrounding them. One example of The Nurture Theory, is the Affluenza accident. Not too long ago in Texas, a sixteen year old boy killed a family of four, due to the consumerism of alcohol. During trial, the sixteen year old boy claimed to be innocent, precisely because of him and his family’s erosion of affluence. “Whether affluenza is real or imagined, money really does change everything, and those of high social class usually do see themselves

  • Something The Cat Dragged In Sparknotes

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    situations can be analyzed through Philip Zimbardo’s video, “Psychology of Evil,” and Wendell Bell’s article, “Who is Really Evil?” Their theories further relate to Patrik Jonsson’s article “Rich Kid Gets Probation for Drunk-Driving Deaths. His Defense? ‘Affluenza’.” Wendell Bell defines evil as “Human actions or inactions that harm other people” (Bell 55 C1-2). Bell expresses two categories of evil behavior: idealistic evil and instrumental evil. Idealistic evil is criminal actions that are committed because