no trees were harmed in the making of this blog


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar John says:

    Great post, E.D. But it’s not quite true, is it, that “no trees were harmed in the making of this blog”. I mean, blogs run on servers and servers run on electricity and the companies that service them, etc. etc. There was a study a while back that got a ton of attention about how doing a Google search actually emits more carbon than burning through a gallon of gasoline, or something like that. A sobering thought …Report

  2. Avatar Bob says:

    I’m sure there was at least some tongue in cheek when you titled this post but even as a light hearted comment it needs some rebutting.

    Plenty of trees were harmed judging by the amount of documentation accompanying my laptop. Maybe your intuition was all you ever needed to become computer savvy and hence knowledgeable enough to create blogs. But I bet you have lots of paper goods stashed somewhere regarding computers.

    On another level the toxic materials found in computers, and their manufacturing is considerable.

    There is no free lunch.Report

  3. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Guys. I write on a magical laptop that runs on love and use a special internet with no servers, just the good will of humankind….

    No, actually I thought of that. For everything there’s a trade-off. So yes, it was more tongue-in-cheek than anything. But hopefully as we pursue more renewable energy sources we can find ways to power the internet that won’t require such damage to the environment. And hopefully the internet itself will help us do that….Report

  4. Ah yes, but every once in a while you get a naked lunch, Bob.Report

  5. Avatar Bob says:

    Scott, Are you a “spy in the house of love”?

    Actually I liked “The Wild Boys” better, but a naked lunch with the wild boys has a certain beckoning quality.Report