The problem that I want to discuss is the fact that people are disinterested in the involvement of finding out where their food is coming from. The articles that reveal most about this topic are “Unhappy Meals”, “Message in a Bottle” ,and “Fiji Water: Spin the Bottle”. These three articles go through further detail on how many products originate and then manage to get into the public’s hands. Two neologisms that I would propose to solve the problem are: 1) questedibility= one should question edibility of the product; 2) orineality = should the origin be the reality?
In response to the articles, they both share the aspect of saving energy. In “A Global Graveyard for Dead Computers in Ghana”, Pieter Hugo discusses and showed examples of how the children in Ghana search through the mines for the precious metals that are in old computers. In the article “Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches”, Jonathan Leake and Richard Woods point out some of the advances that Google makes in order to inform us on how to save energy and improve our ecological system. Out of the two articles I feel Pieter Hugo makes a stronger impact on the reader because he shows a variety of different images that help describe the magnitude of the situation in Ghana. I personally haven’t disposed of any of my technical gadgets. If I were to dispose of any of my gadgets, I would definitely consider how to recycle them properly. After seeing the rough conditions the poor teens have to work through in order to scour through the dump, I think that we can easily change these circumstances one gadget at a time.
I think that when it comes to advertising people tend to lean towards the superficial. This is because advertisers try capture the viewers attention by using something that the viewer may appeal to. If you stop to think, there aren’t many fliers with a simple and plain idea; there is always more than just the product even if it means making it sexual or distasteful. These companies do this because all one can really percieve in a few quick moments is something dramatic and eye-catching. I think that it is time to take a new approach!
Zizek clearly revealed the true intentions behind being “charitable”, and how we personally have to strive to make “the bigger picture” progress. Please, share your thoughts on the matter!