Consumer Electronics And Its Impact On Society

2108 Words Oct 30th, 2014 9 Pages
Corporations that claim to be concerned with their carbon footprint can expect their credibility to be regularly contested. This relentless scrutiny stems from environmental activists like Naomi Klein who firmly denounce capitalism and propagate a belief that businesses care only for competition and profit. Admittedly, businesses require profit to survive; such is the nature of capitalism. However, motive is irrelevant when tangible progress is being made. As per the cliché, actions speak louder than words, and the electronics industry in particular exemplifies this proverb. Consumer electronics are so seamlessly integrated into society that people rarely consider the environmental impact of cell phones and computers; consumers, for example, may be unaware that electronic waste (aka e-waste) accounts for 70% of toxic waste produced (“11 facts About E-Waste”). Fortunately, the industry has adopted eco-friendly business practices to combat the repercussions of socio-technological integration. Critics of corporations, however, continuously dismiss any progress made in the industry because it is motivated by market competition. This view of economic competition is misguided. While their intentions fall short of magnanimous, leading corporations in the electronics industry have become more sustainable as a result of capitalism and competition, demonstrating that motive is of little concern when real progress is made and, ultimately, critics’ expectations of the industry are…
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