Environmental effects

None of us have mentioned the environmental effects of recent technologies. Environmentalists generally think of technology as a factor that increases impact on an ecosystem -- in other words, as a negative effect. Here's one statistic that certainly has to do with Media Studies and would begin to suggest otherwise:

Newsprint is 1/6 of all US paper production. The Sunday New York Times alone uses some 75,000 trees per edition.

Whoa. This is one more great reason to encourage the rise of online news sites. The NYT certainly has adapted well to the Internet, as we've discussed several times over.

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