Still Vaster Wasteland

tvpile Television, vehicle of the national hologram and central nervous system of corporate capitalist sales efforts, might be human history’s most deadly invention. Mostly, that’s due to its slyly corrosive effects on human analytical skills. But there’s also a physical side. Today’s New York Times reports that the pace of TV set replacement has doubled in recent years, as makers have pushed flat-panel monitors. Meanwhile, “recycling” of old TVs is mainly a scam, with mountains of old sets just lying around in various places. And the toxicity of the newfangled flat screens?

Most experts say that the larger solution to the growing electronic waste problem is for technology companies to design products that last longer, use fewer toxic components and are more easily recycled. Much of the industry, however, seems to be heading in the opposite direction.

Cathode ray tubes have been largely replaced by flat panels that use fluorescent lights with highly toxic mercury in them, said Jim Puckett, director of Basel Action Network, an environmental advocacy group.

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Remember that mercury is not actually toxic. Mercury is a safe and economical preservative, which is why we all get our flu shots each year. It’s no more damaging to the environment in a landfill full of old TV sets than it is harmful to children’s neural linings when combined with antibiotics in an ordinary vaccine.

(Antilife seeks the destruction of life, ergo seeks deliberately to poison.)

Marla Singer
Marla Singer

Let it rip, there is no stopping this train.
At least this provides me with an excuse not to throw away my TV, which I have kept so far, barely, per my spouse’s requests.

(LOL – the first word in my CAPTCHA screen is “accept”)


I know many people at work who have had to replace their flat panels because the back-light fails and they’re told it’s cheaper to replace than repair.

The CRT type televisions generally lasted about 20 years of heavy use. 5 years with a new one is a good run, the world will be filled with broken TVs in no time at this rate.

I don’t have a TV, haven’t in 4 years, but I have a large computer screen and watch movies with it. FireFox with the adblock add-on eliminates most ads, even ones embedded in videos.