My niece (9), nephew (7), and I watched “The Story of Stuff” and the “Story of Bottled Water” yesterday (for the second time, each).  Then we had a discussion about them.  I’m SO impressed with how much they understood about the short animated films (you can seem them at

One of the things we talked about (and the movies talk about) is “Manufactured Demand.”  The films point out that in our consumer economy, it’s necessary for corporations to create a demand for their products and so we have advertising (you probably knew this already).  They also point out the three tool advertisers use to manufacture this demand:  fear, fantasy, and lies.

Now my (very smart) niece and nephew are going to check out ads to see which tool they are using to manufacture demand.

Cool stuff!