Thursday, May 23, 2019
Disposable Society: Capitalism and Consumerism Combined?
It was an interesting sidereal day of picking up otherwise unimportant things, noting my ca give urges to save dispose of varied materials, and observing my precious living environment. At the end of the day, it was time for sorting out other peoples thrash and noting my own habits plus reflecting on these various liquid items that I am supposed to learn from. These are what I have seen and what I have realized. Food items and their case materials come at the top of the list. Second in line, I found office and school materials paper clips, ballpen caps, paper, etc.Then there were the miscellaneous home and in-person items, various odds and ends including Styrofoam pieces from certain packaging materials, plastic containers bolts and nuts and various unidentified metal pieces, pieces of colored cloth, cigarette butts, an old plastic toy top, a CD, and a torn magazine. There are other small items not include in the list here but basi augury these are my categorizations of the d isposable or disposed items collected in a day of walking and observing around.From one angle, it is a most convenient, socially constructed environment that we havethe supposed modern society with all its technology and other trappings. Part of the convenience lies in the disposability of many, if not all the items, that we see around us and which we utilize for meaning(prenominal) survival on the planet. For example, how would we be able to store and therefore distribute food across great distances without the modern techniques of food packaging?The sanitary discourse of food through these technologies however have an implication after the packaged food has been consumed where goes the inedible packaging? There is a need for food manufacturers to component in this question in their development of packing and packaging technology. Everyday, everyone eats, and the more we consume, the more we throw away. In 2004, a University of Arizona study indicates that forty to fifty dollar bill percent of all edible food never gets eaten. Every year $43 billion worth of edible food is estimated to be thrown away.(US wastes half its food, 2007) What lot be done about this? To eat less? Joking aside, we have to be more responsible consumers. Theres a hungry world out there. Moreover, developing biodegradable packaging and eating utensils could be the simple long-term solution perhaps so that environmental contamination is lessened. Or how about edible utensils for a species that is constantly on the go? Perhaps someday. Ours is a society that does not sleep. 24-7 we say. party moves every second, every day and the more we move, the more be create garbage, the more we develop disposables.Ours has become a disposable society. Even many relationships today seem disposable short and cold. In the coldness of many offices and supposed institutions of learning, many items are disposable. Containers, small items that make work less tedious like those yellow sticker-like n otepads, pens, and computer newspaperman ink cartridges, among others. In the relative warmth of some homes, still we see the signs of disposability the Christmas tree, the decorations from the last party, the old TV guides.How would life be if we had disposable parents? Frightening archetype? Indeed, but perhaps not for some who may have had the unfortunate experience of having dysfunctional parents or adults in their life. Work and family, 24-7, in modern societies, lead off disposables. They make life easy and they spur more productivity and innovation. On the large downside, we are using off precious scarce resources, which can be depleted in the long run, and dirtying up the whole planet against the interest of future generations.At the heart of all this is a peculiar remains that is consumerist in orientation. Consumerism is a lifestyle fanned by the current economic system, an orientation that appears negatively utilitarian, unduly pleasure-oriented, and has no regard for long-term negative consequences of degrade the planets natural environment. As things are consumed and disposed, more production and profit is created to replace the old disposed material. What would the world be if things were not as disposable? Production could grind to a halt, as there could be less needs to fulfill.If cars, for instance, were not too disposable and new models are not made to be so appealing (as if they were needed and not simply desired), where would the car industry be now? We see this even in the use of computer technologies. As Smith (2008) notes Creating products that arent meant to last is a very viable business strategy as this means that consumers will need to buy renewal products In a more modern context, consider videogames. Old games, like Pong, could be played over and over again. Todays games, like the popular Grand stealing Auto series, have a beginning and an end.Once you beat the game you need to buy the next installment in the series. The sam e concept applies to computer software. If you call Microsoft and try to get support for Windows 98, a once expensive product that still works just fine on many computers, youll be told that it is no longer supported. Its not that the product doesnt work, its that the company wants you to buy the latest and greatest version of whatever theyre selling. Is not consumerism and capitalism complementary with the reality of a disposable society? The profit seekers are only too glad we throw their products awaythe sooner, the better.Referenceshttp//www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/08/30/60minutes/rooney/main308969.shtmlUS wastes half its food. http//www.foodnavigator-usa.com/news/ng.asp?id=56376-us-wastes-half. Retrieved on 2007-10-01.Smith, L. (2008). The Disposable Society An Expensive Place To Live. http//www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/07/disposablesociety.asp. Retrieved on 2008-05-02.