Why the planet may be doomed

Kelly Leahy at GreenDaily.com posted three simple tips for an ethical Christmas:

  1. Keep it local. Presumably as an alternative to having products shipped long distances, at a cost to the environment. Even better, says Kelly, if the local retailer is within walking distance.
  2. Bring your own bags. Go for reusable cloth instead of plastic that’s going to end up in a landfill site.
  3. Buy recycled products.

Big deal, right? Nothing controversial there.

But you’d be wrong. It is indeed a big deal for some commenters at the Digg site.

  • Do articles like this totally piss anyone else off? Why you gotta tell me how to enjoy my Christmas.
  • i hate this article.
  • I’m tired of this conscientious crap Digg is shoving down our throats. From now on, for every eco-friendly, tree-hugging, anti-pollution article I see, I will pollute, waste, not recycle twice the amount I usually do.
  • When did becoming a wacky environmentalist become associated with ETHICS? do they even know what that word means?
  • I am now officially tired of all this hippy “green” crap.
  • Who honestly lives within “walking distance” of anything remotely worth a damn?
  • Ethical Christmas? WTF? This is a sign of the Apocalypse, the Birkenstockification of Digg.

Those are seven of a total of sixteen comments. Five commenters got sidetracked by the word “Christmas”. Two others made Santa jokes.

Only two commenters agreed with the eco-friendly thrust of the post; one of them didn’t think the post demanded enough of us. (Which may be the case.)

Some people will not support any environmental protection measure whatsoever. Others will support a flashy environmental plan, but only as long as it doesn’t cost or inconvenience them personally.

That’s why the planet may be doomed.

species richness

The potential impact of global warming on the richness of land-dwelling vertebrate species in northeastern Australia; according to the Government of Australia.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nebcanuck
    Nov 23, 2007 @ 17:41:17

    Digg is unfortunately prone to the same thing a lot of the media is: the minority is always the loudest.

    Consider that 64 people (thus far) have dugg! the article. This is a general sign of approval, and is what most people who appreciate the article do, followed by a quick departure from the page.

    On the other hand, two kinds of people comment: jokers and whiners. The jokers always have some witty retort or comment about the article. They can be fun to peruse, although generally get annoying when the content of the article is more serious. On the other hand, the whiners are just plain frustrating. You read an article about an Xbox, and you get 1000 people saying the PS3 is better and another bunch calling them fanboys. You read an article about Bush and you get half the people whining about communists putting down the president and another clump calling them fanboys. Why “fanboys?” Well it apparently amounts to the ultimate insult in the Digg universe.

    Which is why the most recent comment (which you may or may not have seen — I can’t exactly tell from your breakdown) is so refreshing:

    Jeez. Such hostility for a perfectly mild article. It wasn’t hugely informative, but it wasn’t offensive. What’s with the all the defensiveness?
    Oh,and most of the world lives within walking distance of most things they need. Only in America, land of the automobile, is this an unusual concept.

    In general, people who like the article don’t care enough to stand up for it. They just digg away and move on to the next bit of information.

    Still, it certainly isn’t fun to contemplate that at least some of those whiners will some day be in charge of our economy and politics. Ugh.


  2. MaryP
    Nov 24, 2007 @ 22:27:36

    Bwah-ha. Ben, that “refreshing” comment was mine. (And that’s how your dad came to hear about the post and the Digg plug.) Glad you liked what I had to say!


  3. nebcanuck
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 09:50:26

    Heh, neat to know. I didn’t even look at the username and picture, because I never figure I’ll come across anyone on Digg! But there it is, and most certainly recognizable as you!

    For the record, yours is still the last word. You seem to have silenced some of the critics, at least!


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