for materialistic satisfaction, prestige, and the acculation of wealth,
has reached increasingly higher crescendoes in western societies. America
has become the world leader in overconsumption and excess,
with an unsatiable appetite for expensive cars, fancy clothes, huge
houses, and super-sized meals and wastelines. Along with the excess
comes the detritus. The remnants of a civilazation - whether it's a
Ciff dwelling, or a worn out pair of jeans - offer clues to what a society
values, its needs, fears, and aspirations.