Our World Delivered A collection of New York Times photos on page three of its international section* and the Tiffany & Co. advertisements that share space on the same page * The NY Times moved its international page in the spring of 2008. The Tiffany & Co. advertisements remain on page three.
Collected by Bill Vitek Assisted by Zach Swank and Joel Hurd Music selected by Andrew Vitek Music: “Blown-Out Joy From Heaven's Mercied Hole,” Composed and Performed by Silver Mt. Zion Used by Permission
The following slide show is a glimpse of two worlds side by side. The first world is the “developed” world at its materialistic zenith; the other world, five billion people strong, is still struggling to meet its most basic needs.
The images are unintentionally juxtaposed in one of the world’s most influential media outlets: The New York Times .
Influentials are the “critical 10% of the population who drive what the other 90% think, do, and buy.” - Ed Keller, CEO of NOP World
NY Times Weekday ranked 8th
The company doing the advertising is also known around the world for its spectacular and expensive selection of jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Estimated Cost of Daily Ads*
Tiffany Ad = 14 column inches
Column inch rate = $452
Premium for top of advertising = $117
Premium for next to reading matter = $132
Yearly total over $2,551,640
83 years of NY Times ad space, much of it on page three.
* The NY Times would not disclose the actual cost of the ads.
These images are exactly as they appeared in The New York Times.
Side by side.
Day after day.
Neither staff from The New York Times nor Tiffany & Co. admitted any awareness of this frequent juxtaposition of exquisite wealth with abject poverty, social unrest and ecological devastation.
Viewing these images alongside the various disturbing facts and exponential trends of our times adds to the discomforting conclusion that all is not right, well or just in the world.
This presentation of the images and data is intended to show the extent of our global and environmental problems, and to motivate a change of mind.
A change of the worldview systems and “isms” that shape our lives and that run the world: materialism, capitalism, individualism, corporatism, globalism, scientism, and our technological fundamentalism.
“ By what is the world led around?
The world is led around by the mind.”
The Tiffany & Co. tag lines seem at times to mock the scenes and people in the photographs on the left.
There are currently 27 million slaves in the world, many of them children, and more than at any other time in human history.* In 1865 a slave cost $40,000 of today’s dollars. You can buy one today for $40.
In the next photo Afghan children are waiting their turn at a garbage dump.
“ Only one per customer” indeed.
Some of the children seem to be looking at the diamond rings.
Eight nations possess nuclear weapons, India and Pakistan among them, and two are working to acquire them.
Trends in natural disasters http:// maps.grida.no /go/graphic/trends-in-natural-disasters
Around the world political unrest destabilizes governments, creating civil wars, refugees, and misery.
http://www.povertymap.net/mapsgraphics/graphics/undernutrition_en.cfm The red zones on this map represent national or sub-national units where greater than 50% of children suffer from stunted growth. The blue zones on this map represent the number of stunted children in each national or sub-national unit greater than 5,000
Soil destruction now claims 24 million acres a year world-wide, about half the size of Kansas, a quarter the size of California or 3.5 Marylands.
http:// maps.grida.no /go/graphic/degraded-soils
Human rights around the world are too often viewed by governments as optional.
It’s not just the people who are suffering.
The current rate of species loss is being compared to the five known mass extinction waves. This sixth wave is anthropogenic.
Two of the most populous nations, China and India, are becoming two of the largest economies.
The world is too full of refugees and displaced people.
Of the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3). In 2005, one out of three urban dwellers (approximately 1 billion people) was living in slum conditions. http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats
If we are unaware of these two worlds appearing side by side on a page in one of the world’s most influential media sources it is perhaps because we still believe that the political, economic and technological systems that provided the wealth on the right side of the page are still capable of providing similar wealth and prosperity to all the world’s people without exhausting Earth.
But if these systems are unable to deliver the promise of prosperity to the world’s population because that population is too large, the natural capital on which this wealth depends too small, and the social systems too corrupt, then the world represented on the right side of page is immoral, unjust, and unsustainable.
Peak Oil: the first trillion barrels of oil were consumed in the last 150 years; the last trillion barrels may be consumed in the next 30 years.
http://www.oilcrisis.com/midpoint.htm The Hubbert Peak
A 22 year old today has lived through a time in which 540 billion barrels of oil has been consumed. This translates to 437 trillion lbs of new CO 2 in the atmosphere.
http://wolf.readinglitho.co.uk/mainpages/consumption.html Global Oil Consumption Rate: 1965-2005
“ The United States in 2005, with 5% of world population, used about 22% of total energy, and G8 countries, with 12% of the world’s population consumed about 46% of the world’s energy. In contrast, the world’s poorest one quarter of humanity consumes less than 3% of the world’s total primary energy supply. Few other comparisons illuminate more starkly the existential chasm separating the two worlds.” Vaclav Smil
Human population growth continues to follow an exponential curve.
In January 2007 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday clock was moved two minutes closer to midnight, “reflecting global failures to solve the problems posed by nuclear weapons and the climate crisis.”