Apropos to my last post, here is the BBC documentary The Men Who Made Us Spend, presented by Jacques Peretti. Well, part one anyway. Part two can be found on the side. Part three seems to be missing. These two however, are the episodes that relate well to what I was talking about .
Also, a TEDx talk here, where, along the same lines, Jacques Peretti talks about how mass consumerism has divorced us from essential skills and trades.