English 101

Essay #1
Who Killed the Electric Car links:

"Win, Win . . ." by Thomas Friedman
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Transcript
"G.M. Turns 100: Is The Future Electric"
Thomas Friedman
General Motors
"The New CAFE Standards"



Essay #2

Hoop Dreams


Five Years Later

Ten Years Later

 Fifteen Years Later



Essay #3

Queen of Versailles links

"House of Cards" by Joe Nocera

 "Let Them Eat Crow" by A.O. Scott

Conversation: Lauren Greenfield, Director of 'The Queen of Versailles'
(Watch the second video/interview)




Documentaries  for Research Projects:

Morgan Spurlock's Fifty Documentaries to See Before You Die

IMBd's Fifty Greatest Documentaries

Time Out Magazine's 50 Best Documentaries of All Time


ESPN's 30 for 30 (Netflix provides an annotated list)

from essay 1:


 


 

Which site is more reliable?

Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Going Green in the movie business
Zap Electric Cars
Freegan

Friends of Hudson
GORP -- Hudson Valley
Green Builders Association of the Hudson Valley

 

General Links:

 

 


 

Final links: updated

Video: Secrets of the Lost Canyon

in HD: Secrets of the Lost Canyon

 More info here



 



 

 

 

Old Topics:

"The End of Men" by Hanna Rosin

**"Why are the Harvard Graduates in the Mailroom?" by Adam Davidson

"Can the Middle Class be Saved" by Don Peck

**"The Odyssey Years" by David Brooks

"Dominating the Man Cave" by Bruce Feilor

DCC Fall 2011 Enrollment Analysis

 

 

 

Gone Tomorrow links:

Gone Tomorrow documentary
Gone Tomorrow links
Marist Dumpster Dive

The Story of Stuff
"High-Tech Trash" by Chris Carrol

 

Food Links:

From Pollan's book (and Food Inc.):

Vassar Farm

"Faster Slow Food: Could Online Grocery Shopping Promote the Cause of Sane Eating?" by Mark Bittman
"The Minister of Food: Can the British Superchef Jamie Oliver remake America's diet in one of the country's unhealthiest towns?" by Alex Witchel
"Rules to Eat By" by Michael Pollan
"Amid the Ruin of Flint, Seeing Hope in a Garden" by Dan Barry
"The Urban Deerslayer" by Sean Patrick Farrell
"Big Food vs. Big Insurance" by Michael Pollan
"For Your Health Fruit Loops" by William Neuman
"Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" by Michael Pollan
"Street Farmer" by Elizabeth Royte
"Eat, Drink, Think, Change" by Kim Severson

 


from "Generation OMG" by Kate Zernike
The Depression saw a return to traditional values that had broken down in the go-go 20s, said Robert S. McElvaine, a professor at Millsaps College who has written several histories of the period. The difference now, Professor McElvaine said, is that the buy-it-on-credit, how-many-colors-can-I-get-it-in consumer culture runs far deeper, including in the young.

“Our definition of cutting back is not nearly what it was for people in the ’30s,” he said. “Younger people have been targeted at least since the baby-boom generation was young in the 1950s to get them into the whole consumption-oriented way of life. It may take a little longer because we’re so infinitely removed from those waste not, want not values — we’ve never really practiced them.”

from "The Inflection is Near?" by Thomas Friedman

Sometimes the satirical newspaper The Onion is so right on, I can’t resist quoting from it. Consider this faux article from June 2005 about America’s addiction to Chinese exports:

FENGHUA, China — Chen Hsien, an employee of Fenghua Ningbo Plastic Works Ltd., a plastics factory that manufactures lightweight household items for Western markets, expressed his disbelief Monday over the “sheer amount of [garbage] Americans will buy. Often, when we’re assigned a new order for, say, ‘salad shooters,’ I will say to myself, ‘There’s no way that anyone will ever buy these.’ ... One month later, we will receive an order for the same product, but three times the quantity. How can anyone have a need for such useless [garbage]? I hear that Americans can buy anything they want, and I believe it, judging from the things I’ve made for them,” Chen said. “And I also hear that, when they no longer want an item, they simply throw it away. So wasteful and contemptible.”

Let’s today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis and ask a radical question: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall — when Mother Nature and the market both said: “No more.”

from "Extravagance Has its Limits" by Shaila Dewan

After the attacks of Sept. 11, though, President George W. Bush urged Americans to go shopping. President Obama has taken a different tack, issuing a budget whose very title, “A New Era of Responsibility,” strives for an austere tone. On Inauguration Day, the first daughters, Sasha and Malia, dressed not in designer labels but clothing from J. Crew. On television, the insurance giant Allstate is running a sepia-toned “back to basics” advertising campaign, and in Target’s “new day” commercials, the “new pedicure” is administered by a spouse and the “new vacation glow” comes from a spray bottle.

“Though the recession was always talked about in economic terms, we felt really strongly that, in fact, it was a crisis of culture,” said Tracy Johnson, research director for the Context-Based Research Group, a market research firm in Baltimore that views the recession as a rite-of-passage that will reorder consumer priorities.

 

 


 

 

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