Do I really need a new iPod?

My iPod is big, clumsy, heavy, and old…. And by old that means 2 years old but in tech years that probably means 10. It works pretty well so – Do I really need a new one?

 

Well, let’s see… Considering there are so many new options that are sleeker, lighter, and cuter I would say the answer is YES!

We live in a society of consumerism. From a very young age we are inundated with advertisements virtually teaching us to spend. How could any of us really stop? It almost seems unpatriotic. How could I not want a new iPod? In addition to purchasing actual necessities, spending helps us acquire the things we want in order to feel good about ourselves. Good old Keeping up with The Jones.

Then one day I came across the film short, The Story of Stuff. This short is aimed at getting consumers to understand that from extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad. It is very powerful and does force a good hard look at all the stuff around us. Turns out, the main example is an iPod!

 

Right after, my immediate reaction was NO, I don’t need a new iPod! How could I? I would just be contributing to the problem and not the solution. Yet, how do I handle the little voice inside my head that says…”Get one, you know you want to”?

I am not here to either praise or demonize spending and I am sure certain people could take issue with the film for its own biases. However, it’s worth viewing and deciding for yourself.

Since watching the Story of Stuff, the question Do I really need this? has taken on a new meaning. Say, going forward, that 40% of the time, we manage to get the answer to NO and say that for the other 60%, where the answer is YES, we search for green alternatives at least 25% of the time – now I’m not trying to get us to do any fancy math here, but I think we can see the beginning of a eco-friendly multiplying effect. Small changes over time can really have a very large impact.

So back the question regarding my iPod. Do I really need a new one??                                                                

 I’ll let you be the judge… 
 
Learn more about Vanessa.

Related posts:

(Video) How To Make A Quick High Waist Mini Skirt
FREE Everyday Wisdom Kit
Sweet Lavender Toner

28 Comments

  • Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a
    lot of spam remarks? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can recommend?

    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any help is very much appreciated.

  • Thank you for any other informative blog. The place else may I
    am getting that kind of information written in such a perfect approach?
    I’ve a mission that I’m simply now working on, and I have been at the glance out for such info.

  • If some one needs expert view about blogging afterward i propose him/her to pay a visit this webpage,
    Keep up the nice job.

  • Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.
    I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  • I like this blog very much, Its a rattling nice spot to read
    and get info.

  • Thanks to my father who informed me about this web
    site, this webpage is in fact awesome.

  • As soon as I detected this web site I went on reddit to share some of the love
    with them.

  • This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Cheers!

  • I’m really enjoying the theme/design of
    your website. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A number of my blog readers have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.

    Do you have any ideas to help fix this problem?

  • Hi there every one, here every person is sharing such familiarity, so it’s nice to read this website, and I used to
    go to see this weblog all the time.

  • Amazing things here. I’m very happy to see your post.
    Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to touch you.

    Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  • Very soon this website will be famous among all blogging users,
    due to it’s pleasant articles or reviews

  • Can I simply just say what a relief to discover a person that truly understands what they’re discussing on the web.
    You actually know how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More people must read this and understand this side of the story.
    I can’t believe you aren’t more popular given that you certainly
    have the gift.

  • Keep on working, great job!

  • Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and
    you’re just too great. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you
    say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart.

    I can not wait to read much more from you. This is actually a terrific web site.

  • It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people for this topic, however,
    you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • Hello great blog! Does running a blog like this require a great deal of work?
    I have virtually no knowledge of coding but I had been hoping
    to start my own blog soon. Anyway, should you have any suggestions or techniques for new blog owners
    please share. I know this is off topic nevertheless I just wanted
    to ask. Thanks!

  • I am now not sure the place you are getting your info, however
    great topic. I needs to spend some time finding out more
    or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent information I was in search of this info for my mission.

  • What i do not realize is if truth be told how you are
    not actually much more neatly-appreciated than you may be now.
    You’re very intelligent. You know thus considerably relating to this subject,
    produced me personally consider it from numerous numerous angles.
    Its like men and women aren’t interested except it’s one thing to do with Woman gaga!

    Your individual stuffs outstanding. At all times handle it up!

  • Heya! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!

    Keep up the great work!

  • I love it whenever people come together and share thoughts.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  • each time i used to read smaller articles which
    as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with
    this paragraph which I am reading at this time.

  • What’s up, just wanted to mention, I liked this blog post.
    It was funny. Keep on posting!

  • We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

  • Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

  • Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in this technological globe the whole thing is available on net?|

  • Hi, after reading this remarkable post i am as well glad to share my know-how here with mates.

  • Hello, every time i used to check weblog posts here in the early hours in the dawn, since i like to gain knowledge of more and more.