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Sustainable Web Design (A Book Apart) No rating

The internet may be digital, but it carries a very physical cost. From image files …

...In the 1950s.... the American Can Company, Owens-Illinois Glass Company, Coca-Cola, and the Dixie Cup company got together to design a solution to the growing pressure to regulate disposable packaging. They knew the issue of litter would not go away and was increasingly unpopular with the public, but disposable packaging was incredibly profitable. They needed a way to avoid regulation that might limit the use of disposables, and their solution was cunning.

They founded a nonprofit called Keep America Beautiful and poured significant amounts of money into environmental awareness campaigns. This helped them look good, but the real genius was in the message behind the campaigns - that litter on the streets had nothing to do with the producers, but was the fault of the person who dropped it - the litterbug. Keep America Beautiful managed to shift the entire debate around Americas garbage and litter problems away from the industry and on to consumers, and the strategy has been copied to time and time again since.

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The Nutmeg's Curse (Hardcover, University of Chicago Press) 4 stars

In this ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins …

An exploration of the world through the lenses of colonialism and extractivism

4 stars

From the islands of Banda in 1621 to Standing Rock in 2020, Ghosh explores the colonial mindset and its legacy, and how indigenous resistance is key to the fight against environmental damages caused by global capitalism

Elder Race (2021, Tordotcom) 4 stars

A junior anthropologist on a distant planet must help the locals he has sworn to …

Short and good!

4 stars

A nice little read with interesting ideas. I’ve been reading loooong books these last months, so it’s a good reprieve from the big-plot-storage mindset.

I especially liked how the setting is fully compréhensible as a Fantasy and as a sci-fi setting. The world works as both, the characters become more aware of the other side's point of view, as the plot works well in both ways.