Sunday, January 31, 2010

Reading Response - Reading 1&2 Week 3

I found the site/project "How stuff is made" very interesting. I absolutely subscribe to the notion that knowing how stuff is made, where does it come from and the processes that are involve in its creation are of critical importance to rise responsible consumerism and production methods.
On the other hand, it is well known that Nike employees people in third worlds countries, pays them $0.001 a day and sells its products with %400 of profit. The fact that the public is aware of this situation didn't seemed to change neither Nike's profits nor the its methodologies. Who do we blame for this? Maybe the designers how made such nice shoes, or us for keep buying them, or the governments for not prohibiting Nike to commercialize its products.
Let us consider the designers for a moment, in the Slow Design reading we meet Julia Lohmann, a designer how "believes that acknowledging the origins of a product is the first step towards making more informed and ethical choices about what we consume." What does Julia designs taking into account this premise? Lamps made out of cow stomachs:

I find the lamp pretty gorgeous, I know that is a cow's stomach and I still want one, even more, because is a cow's stomach I want one!!!! By having this lamp I will be more empathetic towards the cruelty inflected to the cow's, by having this lamp I'll be a responsible consumer. I wonder how much it will costs me to buy 100 lamps, we will need 100 cows.
It seems to me that being a responsible consumer has turned out to be another good strategy for selling. Examples of this phenomenon can be found everywhere: "if you buy this water, you will be contributing to starvation" To buy is to change the world.

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