IfMartin Pawley did a little more shopping and a little less theorising on consumerism he would know that culture is not just the consumption of the obsolete, and that his article is factually inaccurate (AJ 31.10.02).
Monochrome film still survives for visual effect. Pi is a black and white film from 1999.
Sleepy Hollow is in many ways a blue monochrome. Emails have not driven out fax machines.
The MOD is one government department that rarely puts Internet, as opposed to Intranet, addresses on its letter headings.
Many small record companies are able to make simultaneous releases on vinyl and CD because there is a significant number of consumers who prefer the former.
There is at least a £10,000 price tag difference between a jet ski and an entry level speedboat;
these machines are aimed at different segments of the market rather than in competition with each other.
So the trail of corpses is not as dramatic as Martin Pawley makes out. But then, culture is not just an evolution and obsolescence of products. For one, it is also memories, which is why we still have Louis XIV chairs, Orangemen and Slav wars today.
Pawley's view of ruthless Darwinian consumerism and technology is romantic and, dare I say it, obsolete!
Ian Robertson, Salisbury