Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Materialism and justice

Dan Edelen writes on the relationship between contemporary indentured servitude and middle-class consumption.

5 Comments:

Blogger DLE said...

Having used my old Minolta SLR for going on 25 years, I finally splurged and bought my wife a digital camera for her birthday. As the gift-giving in this house has been rather sparse the last six years, I thought that under the circumstances, it was best.

Still, just thinking about buying it brought out all those feelings of how easy it is to splurge on this thing or that and not even think about how better to use that money for the Kingdom. I suspect that too few people ever think about this at all, having fallen into a sort of buying reflex.

God help me if I ever fall into that same trap.

8:52 PM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger DLE said...

Oh, and thanks for the link back to my post.

(Google won't allow me access to my old Blogger login, so I guess I'm "dle" now.)

8:53 PM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome, Dan.

And by the way (not to sound materialistic here) but my wife says it had better be a very good digital camera to top a Minolta. We've had one for 20 years, and if it weren't for the hassle of developing and printing the film, we'd still be using it instead of our digital one.

Peace.

7:59 AM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger DLE said...

Milton,

My old Minolta was an X-700, which I believe is one of the truly great cameras ever made, nearly iconic, up there with the Pentax K1000, Canon F1, Nikon F5, Nikon Nikonos, and Minolta Maxxum 7.

The new digital camera is brand new to the market, a Canon Powershot A570 IS, which has image stabilization (a great feature). I got it for an extremely low price along with a host of excellent extras. I could have a wider zoom range and a few other features, but I was hard pressed to find a better camera for the money. I don't think there's a sub-$400 digital camera that compares with the old X-700 in sheer excellence for the money, but I got close enough.

10:33 AM, April 28, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

"I don't think there's a sub-$400 digital camera that compares with the old X-700 in sheer excellence for the money, but I got close enough."

Sounds like it!

8:15 PM, April 28, 2007  

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