If you’re serious about ‘owning’ an idea, you need a solid work ethic – take these guys for example. They crank out spoofs on every new Apple product, each one as funny and vital as the previous year’s.
It’s hard to bake a decent smartphone together – a device that doesn’t exhibit appalling taste, lack of judgement and humanity. Nevertheless, like automobiles, it’s a fascinating sector to gawp at, and be amazed by the might and magic of our technological overlords, the sheer work ethic of their evil.
— Simon O’Rafferty (@sorafferty) October 14, 2013
Following Snowden’s revelations, these smartphones seem like tainted goods, a black mirror to the globalized world of ours, whose supply chain probably benefits from illegal mining, war, cheap third-world labour, dirty coal, massive government subsidies, these inequities are passed on to the consumer in the form of a disposable gadget loaded with bloatware, malware and spyware, relevant to the conveyor-belt of tech news and unboxing videos for about three months.
The popularity of Phonebloks, and its impending KONY-like thunderclap campaign brings to light the idea that we need gadgets that are easily serviceable, and built to last. Technically, it’s a pipe dream, Fairphone’s goals seem more realistic and humane, not to mention affordable. What’s worse is our reality, where flagship smartphones with user-replaceable batteries and expandable memory slots are a dying breed. Before Apple releases a diamond-studded iPhone, let’s try and fight planned obsolesence by protesting loudly to our tech overlords that our gadgets should be forever.Like Memes? Funnies? Epic Longreads? Hit Subscribe! Follow @NextMemedotcom