Surviving Progress

Surviving Progress

DVD - 2012
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Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society, or too much of a good thing? Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, 'Surviving Progress' is a provocative documentary that explores the concept of progress in the modern world, guiding through the major 'progress traps' facing civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.
Publisher: United States : First Run Features, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 303.44 SUR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 30, 2017

Much of the imagery is quite striking and really fascinating; the interspersed commentary gets to be hectoring and preachy, but it starts off okay and is at least structured. Although its presented as 'objective' its message is coming from the far left.

Sep 17, 2017

Enjoyed the film. A thought provoking piece.

Oct 19, 2014

So jumbled and filled with endless and wayward commentary that it literally had me sound asleep in no time. If you have trouble sleeping, this film is a must see!!

brendancarlson Jun 14, 2014

Monumentally, abysmally horrible. So filled with nonsense and non-science it takes the cake for the worst documentary (crockumentary) I've seen in a VERY long time.

Dec 19, 2013

This is a 2011 87-minute Canadian documentary loosely based on "A Short History of Progress"---2004 Massey Lecture series by Ronald Wright about societal collapse.
It is structured as a series of interviews, interspersed with footage from all over the world.
Unlike the book, which focused on ancient civilizations, the film focuses on the present-day impact of civilization,
including the impact of concentrated wealth.
The underlying message is that current models and strategies of economic growth have no practical connections with the real world.
The lack of an ethical underpinning in modern global economic practices is directly responsible for the overconsumption and exploitation
of natural resources to the extent that the increasingly more probable future population collapse would take modern society right along with it.
It is a thought-provoking documentary.

nickmick Apr 25, 2013

Got to see this! especially if you have little kids or planing to have kids for their future... We all have to do our parts, and let people realize what's going on.

Apr 16, 2013

Global overpopulation and population growth are addressed in this film, but more emphasis on this problem is needed.

Apr 11, 2013

Favourite quote from the film, "Modern economics is a form of brain damage" - David Suzuki.

Apr 06, 2013

After I checked this out, I learned it is available on Netflix streaming.

aaa5756 Mar 17, 2013

Very well done and interesting documentary movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD


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