While barely getting paid for it and actually feel

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(while barely getting paid for it) and actually feel the costs through diminished health effects and even chances of undrinkable water. Oppression is a large factor of this process as well as neoliberalism and inequality. The generation of this work is rooted in oppression where they look for workers in the inner cities, taking advantage of “low labor costs due to high unemployment rates, internal migration of poor peasants and the lack of protest or political mobilization by affected villagers who believe that e-wastes provide the only viable source of income or entry into modern development pathways” (pg. 83). These groups are vulnerable to such dangerous work by their predispositions in the inner city while companies take advantage of their class and inability to organize by employing them with toxic labor, further increasing the need for future, unaffordable, inaccessible health care. It’s interesting that this question was asked, mostly because the last time I (or my mother) purchased an electronic, I did not want it. Though I don’t know how much the computer was, I knew there were costs integrated in the product that weren’t accounted for, including the costs on the environment (from extraction to the use of fossil fuels in shipping) and the people who assembled it. Not only that, but I already had a laptop that broke on me (which I’m sure was made to have a short lifespan as do most electronics). My brother argued that it would be ‘more’ to fix than it would be to buy a new one. I disagreed; I knew that the costs of a new laptop were much larger than what was on the price tag, but both my brother and my mother persisted, and purchased a laptop for me for Christmas. This is something that most people are happy about, but I was reluctant to accept it because of its deceiving price tag and need to ‘properly’ dispose of my other one. The neoliberal subject that Keene describes in last week’s readings would be excited by this new, surprise laptop! Our culture produces consumers who look forward to new things which Annie Leonard explained, which is interesting to see that my previous computer wasn’t exactly that old, forcing me into the vicious cycle of consumption.
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  • Spring '13
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  • Electronic waste, industrialized neoliberal nations, neoliberal food systems, neoliberal mind state

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