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28 May 2007 @ 05:58 pm
Hi all,

I love this community and I am a strong proponent of its principles. I am very interested in the "green" discourse, in sustainability, veganism, garabge-related problems, renewable energy, consumerism/consumer studies... all very fascinating topics to me. 

I am currently working on my thesis and  have decided to focus on the rise of the "green discourse". I am a political science and communications major  writing from a critical theory standpoint.

In my thesis, I would like to explore the renewed concern for the environment and how it stands in relation to the mainstream discourses of just some months ago that celebrated convenience and a "disposable" mentality. Can anyone point me in the direction of some good sources/links/communities I can look at? I am going to focus on blatant examples of cause-marketing like the RED campagin of course, but if anyone knows a magazine or website (or other) with content that is relevant for this research and could point me to it I would really appreciate it.

Stuff like:
- anything with the word "green" in it, particularly in relation to consumers, shopping, environmental protection
-  other content on marketing, environemental responsability and "green consumerism" that you find outrageous or perfectly reasonable
- Any new initative like Al Gore's Live Earth concert that combine entertainment with the "green" discourse
(I am doing content analysis)


14 March 2007 @ 07:33 pm
I'm moving out of my apartment on the 31st and I am quite excited. I'll technically be living with my mom, but when I'm not at work on the train I usually sleep over at my boyfriend's house anyways. The great part is I won't have nearly as many bills!

Since I started working out, I've had a lot more energy lately as well. I've gone through nearly my whole apartment in the last few days here and thrown out and/or given away a lot of garbage and clutter. An example: I owned quite a good amount of books. Enough to at least fill two ceiling-length bookcases. Well I went through all of them and decided which ones to keep, and I'm happy to say that is less than half of what I had. The ones I'm getting rid of, I'm donating to the libary which is pretty much across the street from me.

I also called a Salvage-type place to see if they wanted any of my furniture. I'm not bringing any back to my parents since they already have nice furniture (can you guess how I got mine? lol!).

I do have to say that I am quite proud of myself. I'm glad I got rid of a lot of stuff months ago too! That really helped me out now yanno?
13 January 2007 @ 12:40 pm
I noticed we have a good group of people in the members/watching area, yet there haven't been many new posts...So whats up? What are YOU doing to refrain from over spending?

A few months ago I wrote about how I went through all of my crap, and threw about half of it out into the garbage, because it was essentially garbage. Well, I've done it again, and I'm so proud of myself. The bigger of the two bedrooms in my apartment here was essentially a storage room for me, and last night I got about 8 small garbage bags worth of crap to throw out. In addition to that, I have tons of unused notebooks, looseleaf paper, folders, pens, and other assorted school-related bricabrac (sp? lo) that I am going to give to my 15 year old sister and mom - not much is going to my mom, but I found unused scrapbooking-like paper and some craft type of things. Which I am glad that I'm not tossing this stuff out, I know that both my mom and sister will use this crap, whereas I will not.

I'm moving out soon, and am so excited. I'm also committing myself to workout out physically and mentally...I am going to be joining the Marines right soon, and want to be in shape before I even get to boot camp.

I have also curbed my spending so much, I never go out and spend my money on stupid crap anymore. Unfortunetly I've called off work a last in the last year, but at least I haven't racked up any more bills. Now that I'm moving in with my mom, I'll have less bills to pay and can pay off my credit cards and car in only a few months.
21 September 2006 @ 03:43 pm
hi all, i am writing a paper about piracy being an effect of modernism. aside from capitalism and intellectual property rights, id like to know your thoughts about this issue. thanks very much.

*by piracy i mean violating intellectual property rights. (literature, music, ideas, etc.)

11 September 2006 @ 06:17 pm
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





To read the complete article please follow either of these links :



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24 July 2006 @ 04:05 pm
So even after throwing out a ton of my crap, my apartment is still getting messy O__o I don't think that I've spent money on crap lately...In fact, I'm not having money problems at all because I stay at home (or the bf's house) all the time playing World of Warcraft. It really does work in not letting you go outside and see the sun haha XD I blame my bf, as he's the one who got me hooked on it. Anyways...

Yes, I need to clean and throw more stuff out. Which sucks.
28 May 2006 @ 12:47 pm
Here are a few links to follow:

Ethical Consumerism on Wikipedia

Simple Living on Wikipedia

Anti-Consumerism on Wikipedia

Wikipedia rocks :)

Found a forum to join here on the subject of anti-consumerism. Rock!
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22 May 2006 @ 05:26 pm
This Month
My current bank statement from 05/12 - 05/23 I have already figured out. Now, I didn't get ANY sort of check last week - it sucked, but I called off a work trip (for those that don't know, I work onboard Amtrak trains). So with the previous check, I used it all up to pay bills early, so I wouldn't have the chance to spend the money before the bills came due. I also again paid more money towards credit cards.

Bills include the following: rent ($690), car payment (99 Cavalier) ($155.84), cell phone bill ($64), electric bill ($118), gym bill ($55 - and cancelling soon!), and car insurance ($142.16 - all because some fucking drunkards hit ME. SO unfair, in my opinion).

Once I get rid of the credit cards...That will leave me somewhere about $1,175 extra money a month. Of course, some of that will go towards food, fuel for my car, and entertainment - but those are variable expenses for me which is why I didn't include them in the actual "bills" above.

Bills: $393.82 and $340.00 towards CC's, $80.75 towards car plates
Stores/Food: $97.45 :\
Withdrawls: $83.50
Gas/Fuel: $23.48
Ent./Eating Out: $20.31

I will be getting more gas in my car tomorrow before I go to work as well. I will get another check this week, and every following week after that like normal. The only "due" bills will be cable internet, rent, and car insurance, which my next two checks will more than cover. :D If I didn't have that blasted credit card debt, I'd have much more money in the bank right now!

Wow, it feels weird knowing that in just a few short months (two, TOPS) that I'll be able to save my money, instead of paying it back to a bank because I used a credit card (or three! haha!) and maxed them out.

And paying it all on my own too. No "Save Karyn!" here HAHAHAH.

Last Month
Ok, so I went through my last month's bank statement to see where my money has gone. Now, I have been aggressively paying off my credit card debt; it should be gone fairly soon. Incidentally, if I hadn't of called off my last work trip, I wouldn't have any more credit card debt (basically I lost 51 hours worth of pay for calling off that trip). Ah well! I had to say good bye to my brother, as he was leaving for boot camp for the Marines (something I hope to do some time here soon!).

Anyways, here is the breakdown of how much I spent last month from 04/17 - 05/12
(and obviously I had money in my account previously, so payroll to money spent don't add up)

Bills: ($475.80 to CC's) $1528.25
Stores/Food: $259.00
Ent./Eating Out: $88.04
PAYROLL: $1921.02
Fuel/Gas: $83.05
Withdrawls: $343.00

Now, it would appear that I cut back on my spending. However, I did have a hefty amount of withdrawls - and unfortunetly, I don't quite remember why I withdrew so much money! I remember $120 was for my mom because she asked to borrow it - but she already paid me back. I guess I cut back in one way, but went off and spent money in another way :P

Oh well, it's always good to see what you are doing with your money. Now I'm going to work on not withdrawing money haha!
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18 May 2006 @ 09:24 pm
I'm down to less than $100 owed on two of my credit cards, and the last credit card is about $500 -- I actually used it to spend a little money to start my credit flow again. I definately plan on paying it off though, have no doubt about that! I want to try and get my credit back up to a good standing you know, never know when you'll need it. I just am going to make sure I don't overspend and end up in the same situation/problem again haha.

So...Anyone doing anything good lately to curb spending, or de-cluttering, etc?