Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pacifica Culture Club! Discussion Topic: An Addiction to Materialism, June 24th at Florey's!

Florey's welcomes you to our culture discussion club!

***Wednesday, June 24th 7:30pm-9pm***

From Amanda, the host:

Join Culture Club! A monthly social discussion of social issues at a local independent bookstore in Pacifica. Get to know neighbors, express your opinions and learn more about topics that matter. Every month I encourage those attending to do some self-guided "research" whether that be watching relevant movies, attending events, reading books, articles or watching informative videos. It's all fair game, whatever you see fit, and then bring what you found/learned to the group to discuss. Wine & light bites are always offered!

So without further ado I'm here to announce the June topic is An Addiction to Materialism, a discussion on how things have consumed our lives on Wednesday June 24th. Most are guilty of being materialistic, at least to some degree, I sure know I have been. Needing the newest gadgets, wanting the shiniest things in the store, hoarding and being unable to let go of mounds of unused things, shopping addiction & retail therapy.

Definition of materialism: a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual, intellectual or cultural values.

Here's my list of suggested study materials (haha, ironic, yes?)

Non-Fiction Book: The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser (Available at Floreys)
Non-Fiction Book: Affluenza: How Overconsumption is Killing Us by John de Graaf (avail. at Florey's)
Fiction Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (available at Floreys)
Movie: 'The Bling Ring' a film based on true events involving a group of teenagers that were so obsessed with celebrities and their beautiful things they broke into and stole an amount worth $3million over the span of a year.
Article: Is the American Dream Becoming Too Materialistic? Huffpost
**Spoken Word**: Self Conscious by Kanye West

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like."

Please as always, share any further things to throw into this mix! I starred the last one because it's short but particularly good and highly recommend every at least watch that video. It's of Kanye West before he became famous, so I find it very ironic. He used to be so talented before the life of celebrity got to him. Hope to see you then!!

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We hope to see you!

Pacifica Culture Club
***Wednesday, June 24th, 7:30-9:00pm***


Florey’s Book Company
2120 Palmetto Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10 am to 6 pm every day! (8 pm Fridays)