Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stephenie Meyer is the worst ecological catastrophe of the 21st century

I went in to work the other day and to see that her publisher released another paperback edition of New Moon (the sequel to Twilight) with a movie tie-in cover. Just in case the fans did not own enough junk.

I think that 10% of our books in the store are written by a Mormon who uses vampires as an analogy for angels (not that I have anything against Mormons. Just the bigoted ones). Seriously though, that is a lot of books. And multiply that by all of the big box corporate bookstores out there. Add in Amazon. Throw in a few independent stores for good measure. It all adds up

The lorax is weeping...

..and not just over Stephenie Meyer. Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Nicolas Sparks. I don't want to censor bad literature. We all need a little garbage in out lives. Once you think about it though, all those trees add up.

It got me thinking about eReaders again. One of my readings for class talked about the information infrastructure, liking it to our transportation infrastructure. There are dozens, if not hundreds of components that let individuals (and commodities) travel around, almost anywhere we want to get. The infrastructure of information is similar, and mobile technology such as the Kindle and the iPhone are additional components to our information systems. Not everything can be on them, but maybe some stuff should.

PS - found a blog on eReaders. teleread.org Maybe some of you already know about it. If you don't, check it out.

3 comments:

  1. you're an information infrastructure!

    good show t.

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  2. books are biodegradable, though, and trees are a renewable resource. e-readers are definitely not, and their components tend to be petroleum-based. just sayin'...


    anne

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  3. you're right, e-readers are not super environmental friendly and books do break down. But industrial logging is a horrible practice using a ton of petroleum (to run the machinery and saws, burn the under brush, transport the logs, run the paper mills and transport the paper, etc). It would be impossible to sustainably harvest all the paper needed for Meyer's books, but we also don't need a surplus of e-readers.

    What can I say, I'm a Libra, so I'm always seeking balance...

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