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Biting the Apple


I love my new Apple G5 iMac.  It is both beautiful and powerful.  And iTunes is the nearest thing to realizing my dream of cataloguing my massive music collection and setting it on random play.  But it seems most dreams contain an edge of nightmare, as this statement from would seem to indicate:

The iLife isn't quite as harmonious as it seems.  Lurking beneath Apple's beautifully designed digital music players and computers are poisonous chemicals like lead and mercury that can cause birth defects and disabilities.  When the millions of Apple's obsolete computers and other electronic products hit the landfills and incinerators, millions of pounds of toxic lead and other highly toxic materials will be dumped into our air, land, and water.  Apple should live up to its ethical reputation and take leadership to stop the growing mountain of toxic electronic waste from poisoning our families and communities.  It should develop the best recycling system for its used machines and build cleaner and safer electronic products.

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Peter, thanks for this post. I went to the site and followed the steps. As I am writing this on a G4 while charging my iPod, it's fairly pertinent. However, all this talk of 'should' smacks of the Naturalistic Fallacy. Does it not, in fact, behove us as consumers to seek out the bst means of disposing of our waste? Even the so-called ecologically friendly groups disposing of PC waste are not in fact very friendly, as a recent Harpers article showed. What can we do?5/4/2005 5:50:37 AM
The people behind this campaign seem to want to cast Apple in the light of villain, when in truth it is more likely oversight than villainy. As we learn more, our methods improve. Do they improve fast enough to please everyone? No, and that is where advocacy groups like this come in. They speed up processes that cause them concern. Is it good design to produce a product (iPods) that have non-replaceable batteries with a year-and-a-half lifespan? Also no. It almost seems as though the environmental angle is superfluous (in this case), clouding the real issue that consumers should be upset over -- the spectre of "planned obsolescence" that has dogged the personal technology market since its creation.5/5/2005 12:48:58 AM
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