Saturday, July 07, 2007

Life in Plastic

Well, it's 7-7-7 and for many people it's a happy day. There's about 3 or 4 people in my twitter group having their birthdays. So congrats. Others will enjoy the Earth Day concerts and maybe a few will change their lifestyles because of it.

Today's a holy day, the divine 3 and 4 the number of men, making seven. Is this date purposefully chosen? Probably yes. It seems religion is a marketable product in the USA. Anyway, it's long past time we should start thinking about our responsibilities towards the world we live in.

We live in Metaversal worlds and don't pollute - right?

We'll just have to wait and see if working in a web 3D environment will benefit the environment. On the one hand it will reduce pollution because we have to travel less, on the other hand enourmous amounts of energy are used to keep the Grid alive and we, bloggers, twitterers and Metapolitans barely leave our pc's. Then there's iPhones and other gadgets...

Last night I remembered the lyrics of quite a silly song
"I'm a barbie girl, in a barbie world
Life in plastic,
it's fantastic! You can brush my hair,
undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on Barbie, let's go party!"

Okay, silly lyrics, but it is Life in Plastic that's what stuck to me. Almost everything these days is plastified. I can't do any groceries anymore without returning with a full wastebin of plastic. Fruit, Vegetables, Meat, drinks everything is wrapped in plastic these days. Every personalised brochure I receive by mail seems to be wrapped in plastic as well.

If we can't stop computing... can we at least stop using so much plastic?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm - even though lots of energy is used to maintain computers, I suspect it is less than if those same people, flew in planes, rented cars, went to hotels, ate out and so forth. Certainly it is less polluting and less expensive by far. -TerryAnn Antonelli

Saturday, July 07, 2007 2:57:00 PM  

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