Make you Fink on Friday

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Did you know that the lifetime of light bulbs once used to last for more than 2500 hours and was reduced on purpose to just 1000 hours? Did you know that nylon stockings once used to be that stable that you could even use them as tow rope for cars and its quality was reduced just to make sure that you will soon need a new one? Did you know that you might have a tiny little chip inside your printer that was just placed there so that your device will break after a predefined number of printed pages thereby assuring that you buy a new one? Did you know that Apple originally did not intend to offer any battery exchange service for their iPods/iPhones/iPads just to enable you to continuously contribute to the growth of this corporation?

This strategy was maybe first thought through already in the 19th century and later on for example motivated by Bernhard London in 1932 in his paper Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence. The intentional design and manufacturing of products with a limited lifespan to assure repeated purchases is denoted as planned/programmed obsolescence and we are all or at least most of us upright and thoroughly participating in this doubtful endeavor. Or did you not recently think about buying a new mobile phone / computer / car / clothes / because your old one unexpectedly died or just because of this very cool new feature that you oh so badly need?

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Opinion:

This is criminal!

I hope you took the trouble to watch this video. Yes, I know it’s 52 minutes, but it affects your lifetime. In your lifetime, how many times will you become a victim?

These cartel members need to be PROSECUTED!

Even through the passage of time, this is still the modus operandi of manufacturers and products today.

Are you shocked?

What are you doing about it?

Source: http://archive.org/details/PlannedObsolescenceDocumentary

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Doesn’t shock me in the slightest, but then again I’m not one of the sheeple who blindly accept the culture of consumerism. I’ve tried telling people about this kind of stuff for years, they just think I’m crazy, I’m past the point of caring now, I’ll do my thing and let the rest of the world carry on living the illusion of reality!

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    • >Shana, sometimes it seems as though we (those that know) are talking ourselves blue in the face, and the sheeple keep on sheepling along, oblivious to their own demise, the slaughterhouse of the rich.

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  2. We’ve become the throw-away society. I’ve never heard of Bernhard London’s paper before but will look it up. I can’t believe someone planned this mess!

    I watched a TED talk recently, given by British economist Tim Jackson and about our relentless consumption. He says:

    It’s a perverse story, a story about us, people, being persuaded to spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need to create impressions that don’t last on people we don’t care about.

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  3. […] would be an ideal solution to the over population problem. Are we looking at a genocide issue? If planned obsolescence is possible for 60 or 70 years without us knowing, any thing in the realm of diabolical is […]

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