It’s that time of year again.
Time to clean up my PC and move everything I absolutely need to my external hard-drive, which sadly, only fits 120 GB of information.
Yes, I am well aware that this as a lot of space, but I have over three thousand high resolution photos and over six thousand mp3 files. That’s not going into all my research and PowerPoint presentations covering the span of around five years.
And since I have only 120 GB, I have to be very choosy.
Thus begin the questions.
Do I need the entire Lil’ Wayne album that I once reviewed for the college newspaper and absolutely hated? Do I still need the files I used while researching Portugal’s position on the Digital Divide from when I was a delegate at MUN in 2007? How many times should I watch the episodes of Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee? Does the software for The Sims 1 (I kid you not) still work on my laptop?
The most likely answers would be No, No, None, No.
Which means that I should just hit delete and throw all of those away into the virtual trash.
But the notion of disposing of things takes me back to a launching event I attended less than a week ago at the UNESCO palace. To sum things up, the launching event was for an awareness campaign entitled Think Before You Throw that’s part of this solid waste management plan done in collaboration with several ministries in Lebanon. I was there because of my major and it was an assignment to assess whether this project would succeed or not (Note: It won’t).
Basically, it’s all about encouraging local communities to sort their household solid wastes at the source of generation instead of at the facilities, in order to save upon costs, energy, and space in the landfills. After all, there’s so much that could be done with recyclable material. Here’s one example that could have a very positive impact on our lives and on the environment in general.
Now you may be wondering why I’m likening the dumping of solid wastes to the deletion of several electronic files. You’re right, there’s nothing crystal-clear common between the two. After all, mass-deleting e-files will not have the same effect on the environment as disposing a kilogram of trash every day. But it’s about the logic. If we assume that throwing things away is no longer a problem because it’s so similar to just clicking delete, our problems are only going to get grander and unsolvable.
Reality is still a far place from the E-world and we must remember that.