2.07.2006


Great Idea


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

clearly i disagree. i think this is a waste of paper. activism at it's easiest with no effect.

brokenengine said...

But don't you think it's a good method of raising awreness,as well as raising a little shame. I mean, I honestly think that the people that own SUV's right now NEED a little shame. It's such an irresponsible vehicle to own and operate...

Anonymous said...

People who own SUVs don't give a flying on a rolling about irresponsable consumption. That's why they own them. Down here they usually have a Bush/Cheney sticker on them too.

brokenengine said...

But do you think thats due to outright selfishness, as in "I know exactly how bad this vehicle is for the environment and our childrens future, but they can all go screw themselves", or do think it has more to do with people just not able to see past their own nose. I think it's the latter. I think that people know things are bad, but the pretend they didn't hear it, because thinking about your actions is too hard, too scary. So people need to be constantly bombarded with it, just like they're constantly bombarded with media telling them to consume.

Anonymous said...

how bad do you think an suv is really? where is the line for good and bad in your mind? 7L/100km? 8L/100km? 9? 10? 12? 15? or is it not that scientific? if it looks bad it must be bad. what about curb weight? engine size? would you say a honda crv is a band vehicle? what a about a honda element? toyota rav4? toyota matrix?

your cell phone is bad. really bad. so is your computer. by wieght the manufacturing process of your computer and your cell (and the associated cellular network) produce more harmful emmissions, effluents and byproducts than the manufacture of any vehicle. are you going to stop using your cellphone? your home computer?

how does owning an suv make you evil exactly? what if you owned a car but you drove it everywhere. like to work. alone. and then to the store on the corner. and then to barrie and back every weekend. are you bad then or are you good because it's a car? what if you own an suv and you drive to get groceries once a week and then to the camp deep in the woods a few times a year. who's evil in that scenario? could you tell the two apart if you saw their cars parked on the side of the road? what about the guy who drives that piece of junk '89 caddy still? grandma and her beloved lincoln from '72? are they evil? are you slap grandma with a "ticket"?

broad sweeping judgements. over simplifications. stereotypes. they're the wrong way to live your life. and then to get all up in peoples faces with a stereotype like this.

here's the deal: someone told you suv's were bad. and now you walk around hating anyone that drives one. you've taken a broad judgement of a class of vehicle and transferred the emotion (unfairly) on to the owner and occupant of the vehicle. you've wrapped them in an unreasonable stereotype and now you're assaulting them with 'you can reform' propaganda.

responsible consumption must be practiced regardless of the class of vehicle you drive. if you think you're off the hook because it's a car, you're very mistaken. the gas consumption of a V6 equipped american car is on par with the gas consumption of a V6 equipped japanese made suv. don't even get me started on the disposal of hydrogen fuel cells as that's an environmental issue that still has no solution. but no one's asking the hybrid vehicle drivers where they're going to dump their heavy lead when their battery dies in 5 years, are they?