Doing the usual BlackBerry news crawl today, we stumbled across an author interview that we just couldn’t get out of our head. Tyee Books has an interview with Giles Slade, author of the book “Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America.” The basic premise of the novel is that the tech industry’s emphasis on building consciously obsolete devices (think of the new iPod or BlackBerry you buy every year) is having a profound effect on our environment because of the high degree of toxic chemicals in these devices, as well as a North American reluctance to recycle.
NOW BEFORE YOU DISMISS THE BOOK (which, admittedly, we haven’t read) as anti-tech hippie talk, recognize that the book’s author loves technology and innovation as much as the most loyal BlackBerry Cool reader. However, as tech lovers, we have a responsibility to make sure we use our technology properly, so the next generation of BlackBerry Cool readers have a chance to play with the latest RIM device.
Tell ya what: go read the interview and make up your own mind, and we’ll get back to reporting the latest and greatest BlackBerry news.