The National Do Not Call Registry

We once reported on a company that prevents junk mail called GreenDimes, but equally annoying, if not as environmentally harmful, are telemarketing calls. For those of you who don’t already know about this, you can register your number on the National Do Not Call Registry to prevent these calls. And the registration never expires.

Why You Should Become My Facebook Friend

“What, exactly, is the Internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a ‘modem’, can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo” – Dave Barry, American writer.

What if Everyone Lived Like an American?

Photo: pink_fish13, Creative Commons, Flickr American Public Media has come up with an equally fun and guilt inducing game called Consumer Consequences. It’s part of their "Consumed" series, which explores whether the modern American lifestyle is sustainable in the long run:

The New Nomads

Last weekend, an uncle asked me "How many hours a day do you go online?" I looked up from my iPhone and repeated the question out loud several times, stressing the different words to understand what he meant, like Jude Law as Brad Stand in "I Heart Huckabees" pondering "How Am I Not Myself?" Go…

When Creativity Clashes with Corporate Agenda

As the Hollywood writers themselves predicted, the strike has been going on for months and months. The New York Times has an entire section devoted to the action initiated by the Writers Guild of America. The big boys are back on air and we are ecstatic to see Colbert and Letterman kicking it again. What…

Bideawee: A Socially Conscious Animal Shelter

Bideawee is a no-kill animal shelter that has a special program designed to help individuals save animals. For $24/month members can help give a shelter animal a second chance. With funds from this program, Bideawee rescues animals who are scheduled to be euthanized at kill shelters and cares for them at their own shelters (three…

Give a Dime About Junk Mail

According to GreenDimes, a company that prevents paper junk mail and unwanted catalogs, over 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are wasted annually on US junk mail alone. What GreenDimes aims to do is cut 90% of this unnecessary mail and plant 5 trees per member. For those of us that look…

Is Christmas Wasteful?

The Times' Style section yesterday discussed the newest addition to the Christmas holidays: the green Grinch. This is the environmentally obsessed family member who is "bent on eradicating the wasteful materialism of the holidays." Focusing on the usual Grinch-like grievances of excessive consumption, this person puts an environmental spin on the most negative aspects of the Christmas…

Evan Almighty?

This is a follow up to my piece on the feature film Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carrell. In investment terms, this movie was a complete loss, a bomb, a stinker. Universal ponied up $175 million for the feature, not to mention an additional $50 million or so in marketing. To date, this movie has grossed…

Carbon and “The Good Life”

As a symbol of our cultural moment, the MTV Video Music Awards program Sunday September 10 was unexpectedly complex. I tuned in mid-Sarah Silverman, who was already deconstructing Britney 2.0, who had just gotten offstage. MTV (VIA), where the target demographic has drifted down to tween girls (largely because of the influence of Britney 1.0)…

The Corporation

If a single entertainment item could defibrillate our socially ambivalent culture into taking action against the corrupt state of the corporate world, The Corporation (2004) might be it. In this fast-paced and thorough documentary, filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott cross-examine the management of corporate America, as well as its victims and critics, and leave…

Bright Leaves

Photo:Amareschal, Creative Commons, Flickr Bright Leaves, a documentary of North Carolina’s tobacco legacy, is a personal project of filmmaker Ross McElwee. As such, it is part documentary, part home video, part miscellaneous. One’s enjoyment of the film depends largely on the one’s tolerance of McElwee himself, who ranges from moderately funny to distractedly self-absorbed.

Green Backlash

The backlash on the green trend has finally arrived, and the question now is if the current wave of environmentalism has staying power. The people at Spiked see environmentalism fundamentally as an emotional spasm, a twitch of guilt and angst, which dresses itself in "frightfully dry statistics" to look grown up. Greenormal argues that "the…

Live Earth – 07/07/2007

Live Earth is a music event taking place across 7 continents on July 7, 2007 to make Al Gore look cool and to combat the climate crisis. The event marks the beginning of a multi-year call to action for individuals, corporations and governments, with the goal of driving a critical mass of people to stand…

Bloomberg at DMI

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was honored at a benefit for The Drum Major Institute (DMI) on Thursday evening. DMI, a progressive organization that backed Fernando Ferrer for mayor in 2005, recently issued a detailed analysis of congestion pricing in support of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC program. Bloomberg is currently pushing the state to allow an early test…