November 27, 2007

eWaste or after the thrill is technically gone

So, what to do about the old technology's buildup of devices?
What have you been doing with your old devices?
What can/should be done do with (your) eWaste?

--feel free to poll others

Here's a view of some of what happens to eWaste:

Read e-Waste: Dark Side of the Digital Age from Wired.

At, you can find solutions for eWaste from technology end-of-life specialists --2,800 clients nationawide; what fraction of need do you think this number might represent?

Here's the Wikipedia offering on electronic waste.

BAN would like to turn back the toxic tide

The thrill of innovation, of empowering developments can be incredibly strong. Cyles of growth and demise while natural, and often helpful, still present situations that require attention to how to respond to the waste products of demise.

As one area is relieved of eWaste, does that area also relieve itself of responsibility for the eWaste now in possession of another geographical area?

There are (at least) two sides to surfaces; please do not overlook gestures and the related consequences

Here are two video responses to the wasteland that the Salton Sea became:


Looking for e-waste Art? Then backtrack a few characters and click on it.
While you're at the site, be sure to check out more of the e-Waste guide.

More galleries of e-Waste here

Does ART provide some solutions? How much can ART do? What are the limits of ART as eWaste Intervention? What are the consequences of ART as eWaste intervention?

Take a look at the Heidelberg Project: Art Among the Ruins

Finally (for this post): T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland as hypertext.

Read, Experience, Think, React, Respond, Embrace in any/all of the ways that you can meaningfully respond.

Oops! --an addendum already:
Jack and Joan Spratt had a solution to waste that allowed, between two of them, a platter licked clean

& Don't forget about the use found for an old kettle in The Story of Little Kettle-head But which was better according to which specified lens/context/mode of enclosure; the kettle replacement head or the doll head as replacement head?

How do the multiple lenses trained on a particular situation of fork (here used as a bifurcation stream in a larger system) work together? What is the relationship between the multiple lenses focused on a particular situation? Etc.

--okay; that's it.


Little Kettlehead, after acquisition of the Kettle:

(from Sterling Times)

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