Let’s review, in case you are new to the GreenPunk site:
GreenPunk: a technophilic specific movement centered on characters using and being affected by the use of DIY renewable resources, recycling and repurposing. GreenPunk would emphasize the ability of the individual – and his or her responsibility – for positive ecological and social change.
First, let me tell you a short commercial shopping related story. Last fall, I bought a new DVD player that at my budget, felt like state of the art. A shiny black Toshiba that was going to max out the images and sounds onto my television for a long, long time. I did it as a cool gift for myself, I mean since there are a lot cool stuff and cool things to buy out there why not get one for myself right?
The DVD player died last month; it didn’t even last longer than 9 months. It cost originally about 100 dollars, talk about things you can buy. Getting an estimate wouldn’t be free and fixing it would actually cost probably double of what I paid without the discount. Unlike appliances from our parents’ generation, these so called awesome new devices are essentially disposable. Now I have to find out who I or where I can donate my shiny black DVD player.
I bought a new player today, through a cool online shop. I tried to find the cheapest DVD player possible at Target. 40 bucks, this time a metallic grey, and it does all the stuff the old one did. Now, when it dies and my heart turns even more brittle than before, my pocketbook won’t feel so bad. But what about the materials and the parts of these devices? Are they useless? Why do we think it’s just okay to throw stuff out so easily?
Ah, the agonies of the developed world.
The point of my story is not to tout my techno-fetishes. It is this: As writers, GreenPunk writers, what are our responsibilities to make sure that the tools of our trade are also reusable and renewable? Should we work only online, avoiding printouts on paper and ink consumption? Should we seek used computers to type out our essays and short stories for this Web site? Should we promote writing software, tools and computers that comply with green and sustainable practices? I’d love to start a discussion in the comments below on these topics. Writing is no longer a process that comes from notebooks and typewriters and reams of bond paper. Well, that’s being too hyperbolic. Many of us, I included, still write on paper. But should we be thinking harder about not using paper? Should we use our technologies to not only write interesting words and stories, but to also push further the ideas of GreenPunk?
You. Tell. Me.
Cesar Torres is a Chicago writer/online gift shopper. His blog “Urraca” chronicles his process and efforts in publishing. He writes fantasy, science fiction and other speculative fiction; He also blogs about gifts, online shopping and other cool things.