Saturday, 10 November 2007
Tensions rise in Pakistan, but all’s well with the world when there’s a new techno gadget on the market. People flock and queue to buy it and get cheered by the waiting media; because they’ve spent £300 on an all singing all dancing mobile phone. Every purchase perpetuates the production and proliferation of these products that are peripheral to peoples real needs. It’s all about supply and demand. Well I can see the supply, but who’s demanding ? Well I suppose it’s people that feel the need to fill their lives with a plethora of gadgets and gimmicks that they don’t really need and only want because they’ve been conned by the total advertising assault on their senses. It wont make their lives any better, but it’ll keep ‘em happy until the newer and better model arrives on the market. In the build up to consumermass now’s the time to take a stand. With every purchase we should be thinking do we really need this ? Why do we want it ? And will it make our lives any better ? In our ‘democracy’ we have the freedom to choose while we battle for the bargains. In other countries people are fighting for the freedom to choose democracy. Still, at least we can watch their struggle unfold on our new mobile phones.