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The materialism of modern birding (1 Viewer)

A few months ago, my search for a new pair of binoculars turned into a miserable slog through dozens of reviews of near-identical models, and the corresponding barrage of abuse spewed at one model or the other. A streak of hope, too, in manufacturers' promises of new and improved versions of the last thing, one piling on the other to ferment on the half-life of their magnesium-alloy ultralight frames. It's incredible how a hobby that appeals to nature-lovers has become sucking our planet's energy and mineral deposits

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