Stephen Wilke's time-lapse video "A Day at A Walmart Store" beautifully illustrates the essence of American consumption in two minutes and change.

Watch this and let your eye wander the landscape of consumption that is your average Walmart. All that stuff, all that plastic, (nearly) all of it headed to a short time of usefulness before being dropped in a landfill (if we're lucky).

Stephen Wilkes - Time-Lapse: A Day at A Walmart Store from BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI on Vimeo.

It's the entire system that's broken. We're prisoners of our own stuff.

Read more about Wilkes' project (which he did for Fortune magazine) here.

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Watch: 24 hours of Walmart
This time-lapse video explores a full day at the checkout lanes of a Walmart store in New Brunswick, New Jersey.