The hidden cost of media use : e-waste

I believe there are not much people realized that the “hidden cost” of the media use has keep contributing a serious phenomenon in this world. Indeed, media is something we could not lack off in this century but it eventually rise up the issues revolving the environment and people. In other words, it could have sounds like human need to give a pay to that while using the electronic products. So, what is that “pay”? In fact, we have already knew gadgets such as smart phone, laptop, tablet, TV and other electrical devices are always exposed the radiation which will affect the people’s health. Therefore, what if we are further to dispose these electronic products? No doubt, these will bring a big impact with its toxic substances widespread to the world meanwhile generating a massive amount of e-waste.



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For example, the process that discarding the electrical components is actually can “cause serious health risks to bones, brains, stomachs, lungs, and other vital organs, in addition to birth defects and disrupted biological development in children.” (Maxwell & Miller 2012) Hence, these electronic product or components are needed to be recycled well in order to reduce the global ecological crisis. In my personal opinion, I think it is not necessary to havoc the unwanted electronic products precisely because there are people will think “the equipment could be sold to interested parties such as scrap dealers, e­waste contractors, assemblers, etc.” (Kalana 2010) This is also because they might have the perception that electric product or components still have the material that holds certain of value. Therefore, they want the items to be profitably recycles instead of just abandon them.  Perhaps this could be a better way to decrease technological waste and polluted environment.

As a matter of fact, it is hard to stop the increasing of consumption in media use because it brings convenient to them.  In a meantime, it actually increases the generation of e-waste once the electronic products have spoiled or unusable. Therefore, I am totally agreed Kalana (2010) mentioned “it can be assumed that the disposal of electronic products is fundamentally driven by the production of new ones.” Electronic product is something that keeps advancing and we could not predict when it will stop. Once again, perhaps the manufacturers should have encouraged the people who owned any electrical products and found spoiled could return to the manufacturers and they can get some rebate. I think it is much better to work this way instead of just melting the material into ashes and increase the global warming and other environmental issues. 


Kalana, JA 2010, ‘Electrical and electronic waste management practice by households in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia’ International journal of environmental sciences, vol.1, no.2, pp. 132-144, viewed 4 June 2012

Maxwell, R & Miller, T 2012, ‘Introduction’ in Greening the Media Oxford University Press pp 1-20.