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Being Stuck In Digital Trash by onure Being Stuck In Digital Trash by onure
Being forced to update your digital devices is a perfect way of Market Economy in the 21st century to wreck down your nervous system. This is just one of many obvious proofs that goods are not produced for being used, they are produced for being sold. Brandnew goods, especially hardware & software stuff, are not meant to be sustainable, they are age-old even before you go to the store to buy them.
Defenders of Market Economy always claim that this type of economy is innovative because new inventions are required to survive in the market. They are wrong calling it innovative. Exactly the opposite is the case. Market economy hinders innovation because of competitive behaviour: thousands of skilled brains develop one and the same thing separately from another with the aim to destroy one another and to become the market leader. Working on inventions with the aim mentioned above leads to a chaotic type of innovations which is called obsolescence and to end users being stuck in digital waste.

Techniques used: Illustration is a lithograph, typography added digitally with non-updated software :)
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cocoaflannel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
I don't think anyone is truly "forced" to upgrade anything, or at least not at the rate upgrades and new programs are produced. I will totally agree with you that the current system is not at all sustainable and produces large amounts of e waste, but people could easily hold out longer than they do to buy the new hardware/software, they do it because they are consumers, and want something new and shiny. I also agree that products are not produced to be used, and they a produced to be sold, but that is people the market demands it, people are always looking for something bigger and better, so they don't care if their phone only lasts 2 years, the companies have no incentive to build anything that will last. That is not a good thing, and is unsustainable. But if consumers decide they want to be greener and practice more sustainable consumption habits (and I think many people are starting to want this), the producers will provide goods that reflect that.
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onure Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is my fault that I have not made the expression "being forced" clear. Let me do it now:

I have a computer which is five years old. Now, I need a printer and a scanner. I can not find these devices which are compatible to my computer. I am forced to buy a new computer.

Second example:

A friend of mine gave me a brandnew mobile device. I have no chance to use the advantages and new techniques and features of this device because the software I need to connect the mobile device to my computer are not made for five year old computers. So I don't need to use the new mobile device or I am forced to buy a new computer.

Of course, nobody is forced physically. Of course, everybody is free to decide whether he/she wants to use old devices and staying offsidely of technical inventions or whether he/she does anything to get the latest technology as far as his/her portemonnaie allows.

But this is not my point of critique. I am thinking about the moral waste (marxist expression translated from German, I don't know the exact English expression for this one) Market Economy is producing and about the shameless propaganda of Market Economists who claim that this type of economy was innovative.

Another thing:
You have said: ...consumers decide they want to be greener... Consumers don't decide anything. Being green is a new strategy of politicians & industry start to look for alternative energy which makes the 1st world more independent from oil and develope new technology for alternative energy which they can export for making money. But it is an old dispute whether peoples demands are influencing the industry or the industries propaganda (commercials, blabla) is influencing peoples behaviour of buying products.
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cocoaflannel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Alright, thanks for the further explanation. I would say there is both moral waste AND innovation. You could say that by working together, and not competing, we could achieve more, and certainly there is waste in competition, since they are like you said, all trying to become the leader, and not working for the good of society. However, the very reason we are able to talk with each other at this moment is because someone wanted to turn a huge profit by connecting computers via the internet (the was internet started in Switzerland by a physicist but he didn't want to turn it into the giant it is now, he just used it as a means of aiding research)It could be said that many of the products that the companies produce are useless material garbage, BUT the internet alone innovation that could justify competition. It has connected people and allows for the rapid exchange of ideas and information. Companies can't work in the dark anymore, and consumers have more control over the companies, because if a company fouls something up really bad, it'll be all over the internet as soon as one person finds out. I'm not sure if we would have it if we didn't have capitalism though.
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onure Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hello,

you have said: "I'm not sure if we would have it if we didn't have capitalism though."
I do not know what we would have if we would not have Market Economy. But I do know that this type of economy should not lead us to the conclusion that this or that aspect of Market Economy is positive and therefore we should not criticize it.
The second thing to your comment is that the internet does not justify competition. This amazing type of communicating with people all around the world (like we do now) is used for Market Economy. Otherwise it would not exist. As you know, the internet does not exist just for people like you and me just to communicate with each other. It is a great opportunity for companies & states to make their propaganda (advertising and so on).
The third thing: Companies have never worked in the dark, the way of organizing Market Economy is obvious since the early times of Capitalism and the so called Industrial Revolution. And that is the mistake many conspiracy theorists and even leftist thinkers make. There is no such thing like working in the dark and if companies want to hide something, they will hide it anyway, even in the digital age. Thinking like they are working in the dark shows just the simple fact that people who think that way have a positive opinion of Market Economy: Everything would be alright if the main actors like companies & states would act morally. The current system does not care about moral or things like that, it cares about the monetary system which is a tool for getting power.
The fourth thing: Consumers do not have control about companies.They are just the human tool for companies to make more money out of the money credit institutes gave them as loans to run their business. And if "Company A" is not able to make it as effective as "Company B", it will fail. But "Company B" will still exist and become even more powerful than before. Consumers just have the choice to decide whether they want to buy the product of this or the same product of that company. This is not the same as to say they would have control over companies.
The fifth thing: Many companies prefer to build their factories in states where wages are low. That leads to the absurd situation that even in our high-tech modern age, people have to work and produce under circumstances of a century ago because the priority of Market Economy is not working on innovation, the priority of this shitty system is to produce as cheap as possible.
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cocoaflannel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
"the priority of this shitty system is to produce as cheap as possible." glad we agree on that haha. Before I say anything else, I would like to continue this, but I'm not sure if its a great idea to flood your deviation with lots of comments, so I'll write you a note.
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onure Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:) No, it's ok, keep on "flooding" my deviation with comments. And anybody else is free to take part in our conversation, as long as it is ok for you. That is what this deviation was made for: to share ideas and learn from each other, thanks for your contributions by the way. But if you feel more comfortable to discuss via notes, it is ok either.
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cocoaflannel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
What would be a good replacement for the market economy then? I mean shifting from a society that purchases based on needs rather than desires would be great, but is that even a possibility?
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onure Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is not easy to think about replacements for the Market Economy as long as we do not know exactly how Market Economy, the thing which needs to be replaced, works. So first of all: analyzing the issue which needs to be replaced. I know, this answer sounds boring because it doesn't contain expressions like "revolution" or any kind of utopias. And I know that even the boring answer I gave is nearly impossible like you've mentioned in your last comment. But anyway, I guess that it is more "healthy" to think about these issues instead of just blocking by saying:"We can not change anything anyway, so let us stop thinking about these things." Maybe just discussing about it, like we do, brings us step further. Sorry for my late reply by the way.
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cocoaflannel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
ah, ok lol I'll keep it to here then, that makes sense, given the subject matter.
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WestwallSpring Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Ahaha, your insightful-ness strikes again!
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onure Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I HATE THE SYSTEM!! In 2011 as well as I used to hate it the year(s) before. I wish you a happy capitalist new year & thanks for faving.
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WestwallSpring Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
You are welcome~
Happy Kapitalist new year to you as well~

For the step forward!
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh how I despise, utterly despise the disposable attitudes of Capitalist culture. Wasn't there once a saying...

Waste not, want not?
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onure Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
But the majority of human material is still glad to have the freedom to choose between 5000 devices which have exactly the same function. The only difference are the 5000 different logos on them, each one representing a company which intends to make more money out of money than the other 4999 make. It's a madhouse.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Freedom of choice is merely an illusion if all of these products are essentially the same, with the majority of them being of the same quality, etc.

Mad indeed.
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onure Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Happy new capitalist year...
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, yes. Have a blast.
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KexLuthor Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
We need to throw out our disposable culture. Great Work!
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onure Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
...after we have updated our culture several times... :) Thanks!
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CREAPx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] :p and freeware of course!
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Auraria Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
That's a great way to sum things up as they are. Good call (=
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onure Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:chainsaw: I REALLY hate it! :chainsaw: Thanks for your comment.
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