Monday, October 3, 2011

Pamphlet War

I think that Dustin's pamphlet makes more sense and has a stronger argument, but personally I agree with Hannah. I love books and the feel and smell and design of a book; it adds to the overall experience of reading and I would never want that to disappear. I really don't like reading documents on the computer or on iPads or iPhones or anything else (although the Kindle is OK, but I still prefer books). But on the other hand, books do waste tons and tons of paper and deforestation is a huge problem; but to run any of the devices needed to view digital books you need electricity, and electricity also has a huge environmental impact. It doesn't deal with deforestation, but to produce electricity you have to burn fossil fuels and if you're trying to look to an environmentally responsible future, you should deal with the problem of electricity and the burning of fossil fuels first.


  1. Are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment though? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  2. I completely agree with you. It's the same thing as buying a Prius because it uses less gas and therefore is more environmentally friendly. Sure, it may not use as much gas, but what about in 25 years when a lot of these hybrids have broken down? What about those huge batteries that enable them to use less gas? It solves one problem while creating another and that's exactly what digital reading devices are doing (on the environmental impact subject). If you go digital you're reducing deforestation, but you're also using electricity and plastic that will one day end up in a landfill and never biodegrade.