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Vintage mobile handsets ought to be a point of pride

July 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Futurist Mark Pesce sent out a tweet today: “ZOMG, mobile handset sales are falling in Australia!!! That’s unprecedented.”.

My instant reaction was, “Good – so they should be falling. Doesn’t pretty much everyone in Australia have a phone by now?!”.

Considering Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff, we ought to be proud of ourselves for not upgrading our mobile handsets every two years as the mobile phone carriers are only too happy to help us with!

It seems to me that having an older handset ought to be a point of pride. The older the better, I say. Got a ten year old phone? Good for you! Five years? Not bad… Keep going! Cellphone manufacturers ought to receive accolades for developing the products with the longest life-span, counter-acting decades of corporate design teams focused on planned-obsolescence.

I can already see banners on people’s websites advertising the age of their phones as a point of pride. You can easily find out the approximate date of manufacture at this website. Mine’s from late 2006, so it’s got a way to go, yet… What do you think?

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Category: Our living planet

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

July 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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The Story of Stuff is a simple, effective video that explains the ‘top-line’ messages that everyone ought know about where the ‘stuff’ we buy comes from and ultimately where it ends up.

Produced by Free Range Studios (of ‘The Meatrix‘ fame) the video is a perfect example of using new media in an engaging way to tell an important story.

It takes twenty minutes, but it’s worth it so if you have the time, go and watch it now.

The video features Annie Leonard breaking down the ‘materials economy’ the journey products take from extraction; to production; to distribution; to consumption; and finally disposal.

Annie points out that the system is bumping up against all sorts of limits… limits of resources, ethical limits of how we treat people, animals and the environment and limits to how hard we can push the environment before it pushes back.

Easily one of the best environmental education videos I’ve ever seen and I have Ian Lyons to thank for the link!

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Category: Change Agency