Digital media technologies have become much much cheaper without any corresponding increase in access to affordable media goods. So why doesn't Sony or Disney lower prices in the developing world and expand its markets?
Remember when a day at the beach meant getting away from it all, including the phone? I don't either. While I'm all for disconnecting, that definitely doesn't mean leaving any of my beloved electronics behind.
Notice your kid shutting you out with earphones on the way to school or ignoring you while texting constantly? Don't worry, tons of families all over the world, especially in the U.S, are experiencing these behaviors too.
Our out-of-control consumption has taken a toll on the planet, our family budgets and the quality of our lives at home. What is the use of a new Pottery Barn table if we don't have a gang of friends to gather around it?
The problem of excess waste goes much deeper than wanting or using too much stuff. It's a deeply ingrained systemic problem that results in damage to our environment and our health in ways that go way beyond trash.
Anti-sweatshop activists have blasted Apple for ignoring exploitative, perhaps severely poisonous, working conditions at United Win Technology, a facility in Jiangsu Province apparently connected to Apple Computers.
Why should taxpayers pay to safely recycle every toxic, poorly designed, short-lived piece of electronic gadgetry that comes through the system? It's time we hold manufacturers responsible for their product design decisions.
Last week, thousands of people across the country wrote and called their senators asking them to support a section in the Wall Street reform bill that addressed 'conflict minerals' from Congo, the new blood diamonds.
On Tuesday, Greenpeace held a protest at computer giant Dell's headquarters for the company's backtracking on its public commitment to eliminate key toxic chemicals in its products by 2009.
There is still time for Dell to do the right thing.