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Hello again Newgrounds!

I made this for a class in college in about 4-5 hours the other night. I decided to submit it today because I figured more people surf here on Friday than on Wednesday. I don't necessarily believe the E-waste issue is particularly this bad, but it is a problem. Again, I made this for a class in a very short amount of time so please don't expect anything detailed or long.

Also, I'm currently still getting out of the state that the oral surgeon put me in. I just had my wisdom teeth removed and I'm a bit woozy, but I promised myself I would submit this today. Enjoy the film, and please leave comments/reviews, I greatly enjoy reading them.

Also, have a nice day. :D

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I agree

I am very glad that you made this cartoon! Yet I fell that no one will listen to you there will always be lazy ass people out there that will just throw away there old I-POD. As long as apple keeps making new I-phones there will always be more E-waste. But good for you warning people about it. Maybe you should make it more dramatic next time. add a personal experience or something :)

Sweet and simple

A nice clear message presented in a tasteful fashion. Very accessible, good job!

but chemicals...

taste delicious!

Well intended, but slightly misleading

I understand where you're coming from, but like most environmental waste videos the situation portrayed is oversimplified to the point of being mostly wrong. It neglects factors such as neighbors or family that dispose of electronics by giving them to a grandson, or selling them at garage sales. It neglects the fact that there ARE businesses out there (like PC recycle) who accept old electronics and re-sell them for somewhat cheaper as used electronics (a GOOD example of capitalism and the free market).

I also highly doubt that something in a LANDFILL would end up in the ocean for a fish to choke on. Landfills are rarely near the ocean. And contrary to all the "leeching into the soil and rivers" stuff you hear, landfills are actually built by digging a hole in the ground and lining it with plastic insulation to prevent just that, and when the landfill is full, they bury it and make it into a park.

My final gripe with what these kinds of films portray: If you don't like the "upgrade treadmill" that some brands enforce, then don't buy the latest one just because it came out. If you DO, then hold on to them both if you're concerned about waste. And if the manufacturer forces the issue of upgrading, then stop buying their product, their target demographic obviously involves morons with more money than cents (regardless of politcal stance, pro-environment or not, you would call someone who wastes money like that an idiot too, right?). Your film also ignores the fact that some companies (especially cell-phone companies) already take care of old electronics by encouraging a trade-in program of some kind. Such companies can often take the old electronics and do something useful with them.

Animations like this also tend to ignore that people do have free will, including the will to stop wasting electronics, BUT also the will to disregard films like this entirely when they see through the faulty premise, and therefore defeating the point of your animation entirely.

It also bothers me that as well intended these films are, they usually seem to preceede more EPA and government restrictions on what we can do with our property and our lives, somtimes in ways unrelated to the original environmental "disaster", and sometimes in ways that actually make the situation worse through ineptitude. It also bothers me that when people (rightfully) speak up as skeptical of the claims (especially having just been burned by the EPA) they are derided as being agents of "Big Oil" and "The Evil Corporate America". The fact that people are accused in that fashion just for being skeptical further dilutes any gain from these films. Frankly, the environmental movement today is more of a religion that irrationally hates capitalism for whatever reason instead of doing something productive with their time and money. Sometimes it seems like the only purpose of the EPA is to grow into a bureocracy that ends up micromanaging the economy and life to death.

Chrome-Demon responds:

I completely agree with you. In all honesty, I'm aware that this is an entirely fantastical piece in the way that it portrays reality. I am aware that very few, if any situations exist where something like what I've shown here can occur. Mostly, I created an animation that would be entertaining and could provide, in some way, an incentive for normal people to care more about the waste of old electronic products.

As this was created for a class, I decided that the most logical way to tone this flash was to make it as 'extremist' as possible. If you will, please realize that I do not entirely agree with the ways that corporations interested in the stoppage of E-waste show such things. In some ways, I find that groups trying to inform the public about this subject often go the PETA route, showing entirely illogical and unrealistic situations, or being entirely too dramatic.

However, I would like to note that while this animation is everything you've stated, (something along the lines of entirely too dramatic, unrealistic, and overall too blunt) I believe that my cartoon here is of at least decent quality and does manage to speak a message in a clear, simplistic way.

Again, I 100% concur that this cartoon is, in many ways, misleading. You've raised many good points in your argument and I've found no holes. I hope, though, that for my sake you can look past such and enjoy it simply as an animation. I only intended to send a message deep enough to satisfy the class, I do not, in any way, believe that the content of my work reflects realistic situations or norms.

Thank you, though, for your review. It is incredibly informative and, while it entirely, logically debunks my video, I hope that people coming to this page will read it and understand it. Again, for probably the third time, I simply made this for a grade, and thought it was neat enough to show here. I wasn't particularly intending for people to take it as reality or even my personal opinion on the subject.

Anyway, sorry if I repeated myself or anything of that nature, I'm fairly tired. Thank you again for your review, it was very informative and an interesting read. I hope you enjoyed the animation regardless of its message. :D


a good message, and a good flash.

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4.63 / 5.00

Sep 24, 2010
5:22 PM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place September 25, 2010