Sunday, October 2, 2011

Print vs Digital

It has come to my attention that people are debating about the advantages of print vs digital. I have read two pamphlets on this subject and I agree based on the evidence presented from the pamphlets that digital is in fact better. Realistically, emotional response to actually holding a book means very little to me, so I found that the argument in favor of print lost to me, as I could not understand those ideas as well as she may have intended. For digital however, those ideas are all ones with real world affects, not emotional responses. That is why El Presidente says digital


  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. Kindles and other readers, are not necessarily better for the environment, but should fewer kindles be destroyed, they will very likely stay non-obsolete for extended periods of time as e-reader tech will not advance much further than no. Also, renewable doesn't necessarily mean cleaner, as ethanol shows, just because it is a renewable base, the cost and pollution cause by reprocessing it into something more useful can outweigh the upsides sometimes. Also, the amount of rare earth metals used in computers is marginal compared to the silicon, which also happens to be one of the most common materials on the planet.