Annie Leonard, producer of The Story of Stuff, has a new video up called The Story of Electronics. In it, she describes how most electronic goods are designed to be thrown away, that the short period in which we use them is a blip in their lifespan as they decay in landfills and that the toxics involved in their creation are poisoning people and our communities.
The root of the problem here is the way globalized corporations are allowed to externalize their costs on to poor countries and the environment. Leonard doesn't question the right of corporations to pollute or harm individuals - she just asks them to stop.
Leonard calls for a take back movement for electronics producers to make electronics products more cleanly and responsibly.