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The Story of Stuff (Revisited) [Dec. 9th, 2007|05:48 pm]
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I deleted an earlier posting with an embedded YouTube video regarding the "Story of Stuff" due to technical issues with YouTube (down) and the way LiveJournal changes the code.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P56-zWupDcI is the "teaser video" previously embedded into my posting.

The full 20 minute video can be viewed at


Sierra Club (link to quotation)...

Our enormously productive economy… demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption… We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing rate.
- Victor Lebow, 1955

As Trevor knows I have an appointment with the dentist tomorrow on account of a crown that is no longer where it should be (It's in an envelope awaiting inspection). Then there's "the doc" on Tuesday who'll be charging for the first time (although his fee can be partially recovered under Medicare). I must consider his "services" to be of at least "marginal utility" to keep attending and that value isn't so much the "service" itself.

It's been a tense week with thunderstorms and most certainly not the weather for taking a bicycle ride anywhere. It's plod along now until Christmas and 2008 and the NEIS Certificate IV in Small Business Management and then (if completed) onto the NEIS scheme which can only run for a year - but that's the case with the dole as well.

I understand there's a calendar from Cornwall on it's way...

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2007-12-09 07:51 am (UTC)
the full video is far from unbiased, and in a few cases, just plain wrong. for one thing, the narrator talks about her co-worker having a new computer with a flat screen, which she got just because she wants to seem fashionable and in tune with the latest fads. the narrator herself continues to work with a big, awkward, unfashionable-looking CRT monitor, because getting new things before the old things are worn out is going to destroy the planet, probably by next Tuesday. in reality, though, an LCD monitor is much more environmentally-friendly to manufacture, and uses far less electricity, so ditching that old "washing machine" and getting a trendy new flat-panel monitor would actually be better for the world. and that's just the most egregious error i can recall from the film.

the whole piece is a highly biased and emotionally manipulative polemic, and as such it has the opposite of the desired effect on me.

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2007-12-09 09:04 am (UTC)
All views are biased and have been since the dawn of history. I noted the bias you are referring to which includes a statement that the shape of computer chips is the only thing to change from year to year. This isn't the case given that the design of motherboards change due to "technological advances" which within the framework of what we refer to as the "IBM" Microsoft compatible PC is constrained - and will be until there is a shift in the paradigm (if that's the correct word).

I attended a lecture by CISCO close to a decade ago where CISCO (who are the leading force behind Internet technology) stated that the "PC" as used today is the MAJOR limiting factor in the speed of network communication and no advances in global network technology are possible until the world shifts from the "IBM/PC" compatible terminal(s) currently used in people's homes.

As you may be aware we have a new government and it's a government that has committed itself to delivering faster Broadband under Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology but is currently having problems with Telstra who wish to obtain exclusive rights to build it and charge the Earth for it. Senator Conroy (ALP) is currently arguing that he is willing to negotiate a better deal for any provider who may be willing to offer Fibre to the Home (FTTH) technology currently used in Korea, which from I can see is one of the most advanced nations when it comes to network speeds and technology in general.

The issues relating to the disposal of old computers is something that the Australian Computer Society has raised as an ELSIC related issue and which is something the ACS has addressed and is addressing.

The ACS also deals with so called "green" issues especially with regards to excessive carbon emissions from the use of technology and also the disposal of unwanted technology. A search on "Australian Computer Society" on Google may bring up a list of things the ACS concerns itself with.

On the issue of Plasma and LCD screens these have come close to being banned in Australia due to their excessive levels of energy consumption.

There was some talk of them being banned completely by the year 2010 but news links to this appear to have vanished.

Indeed the presentation is biased. However if presenting a point of view it pays to place emphasis on the points being presented for consideration as this invites commentary and discussion.

I'm not a scientist. We have to take a certain amount of what we are told on trust. Kevin Rudd (our new PM) is flying to Bali next week to discuss climate and environment issues with "the world" (from which the United States is excluded - as was Australia under the Howard government). Environment and the so called Kyoto protocol was a factor in the defeat of the Howard government.

.. and I haven't a clue what Kyoto is about - other than the fact the neither John Howard nor George W Bush were willing to sign it. Australia has now "done so" (in symbolic form anyway) but it seems the non developed world is asking for more...

I wish Mr. Rudd all the best in Bali :-)

(not spell checked or proof read)

I have also watched several biased YouTube videos on everything from Communism, Marxism, Capitalism and Freedom of the Press and indeed Anarchy. I have dogmarked a few of them.

Try this one...


"An animated anti-communist film produced by the US in 1948, this is funny stuff and the quality of the animation considering it was produced by a collge is absolutly awesome.Enjoy"
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2007-12-09 09:38 am (UTC)
a propaganda film doesn't "invite commentary and discussion" - it attempts to sell people on a particular point of view, in exactly the way that the advertising and marketing described in the "stuff" film attempts to sell people on the idea that buying more "stuff" will make them thinner, sexier, wiser, more popular, more satisfied. when someone is convinced that their point of view is the only acceptable one, it's not possible to carry on a reasoned conversation with them. even when the point of view being sold is one i might agree with, i find the way they're going about it distasteful. in fact, i find both films - the "human beings are destroying the planet - quick, let's all stop watching tv, wear burlap underwear, and ride bicycles to work!" film, and the equally heavy-handed anti-communism one - equally distasteful.

however, i'm very glad that one of the new Australian government's first acts was to sign the Kyoto Protocol (and deeply ashamed that the US refuses to).

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