Sunday, October 2, 2011

Digital Vs Paper

I believe both Dustin and Hannah's argument are both valid, but times have changed. We are now living in the 21st century and we have to start conserving our natural resources. I believe that Dustins argument is more accurate for America, becoming a more technological country rather than staying with paper in the past


  1. Are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment though? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  2. E-Readers leave a dramatically smaller carbon footprint compared to paperback books, which will allow for a cleaner environment. As the New York Times article, "Are E-Readers greener than books", states "printed books have the highest per-unit carbon the publishing sector" A high carbon footprint leads to increased global warming. On the other hand, E-readers contain certain chemical material, if thrown into the landfill will pollute our communities. There are many programs which allows users to return their dead E-readers. People are still throwing away the majority of their consumer electronics. This behavior should change as are society more cities and companies, like amazon, provide recycling programs. It may be true that books are becoming biodegradable, but in the long run the kindle will help conserve our worlds natural resources.