Hmm…just watched the Story of Stuff, which, while clearly a little simplistic, is really quite interesting. As is the Money As Debt movie, which again tries to explain hugely complex issues in an accessible way. And it’s made me start to think (“danger, Will Robinson”).
I’ve started to wonder just how long we can keep this pace of consumption going? I’m also wondering whether we should start to think about turning this juggernaut super-tanker of an economic system around and slowly begin to point it in another direction? One which is sustainable over the long term? Because one thing seems clear right now, the system we’re using is starting to fall apart and it looks increasingly as though we’re just papering over the cracks until the whole thing shudders to a grinding, painful halt. Of course that’s just my very inexpert view, which a million clever economists could probably shoot down in a second.
The situation is made even more interesting by the fact that those of us with popular global gadget web sites, blogs or whatever, are in a way helping to create the problem. It’s worried me for a while that every day we gaily introduce and even rave about yet more products, upgrades or plain junk which are destined for landfill city, which in turn adds to the fuel of our somewhat unhealthy consumer obsession. No-one suggests that we should stop all commerce, that would clearly not be A Sensible Thing, but maybe there’s something we can all do as a group to help bring a little more balance into the whole shebang?
I really don’t have any clever answers right now – er…maybe you do? - but I just thought I had to ask the question. Forgive me for disturbing your equanimity with such radicalism on a December Thursday.