Technology is bad?

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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.

  • giles slade

    I promise, no ‘anti-tech, hippie talk” here. /But please do read the review of my book by James Glave before you make up your mind… The point is really that we produce hundreds of millions of electronic devices –the third billionth cell phone will roll of the assembly line next year– and so we have to be careful about how we dispose of them because they’re full of poisons. This goes for Blackberries too. Incidentally, I hear next year’s model will rely on voice commands so that you can multi-task as you drive to and from work. It sounds like Partial Attention Syndrome to me but, I suppose, it’s safer than reading and messaging in traffic.

  • giles slade

    I promise, no ‘anti-tech, hippie talk” here. /But please do read the review of my book by James Glave before you make up your mind… The point is really that we produce hundreds of millions of electronic devices –the third billionth cell phone will roll of the assembly line next year– and so we have to be careful about how we dispose of them because they’re full of poisons. This goes for Blackberries too. Incidentally, I hear next year’s model will rely on voice commands so that you can multi-task as you drive to and from work. It sounds like Partial Attention Syndrome to me but, I suppose, it’s safer than reading and messaging in traffic.