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Summary: A documentary about planned obsolescence which tells the story of companies who engineer their products to fail, starting the light bulb industry in the beginning of the 20th century. (by eumaios)
Great documentary explaining the concept of planned obsolesce. Right on the mark. Watch this in conjunction with Affluenza (1997) and you have everything you need to know about how consumerism works. Make one about 'technological unemployment' and then we'll have the trifecta of why our economy and environment are going down the drain. The paradigm needs to shift away this throw-away five-planet-lifestyle. And it needs to start with the manufacturer's, NOT the consumers.
This is not a conspiracy! This is the plain truth and stuff is learned in design and industry schools! Don't let the headline fool you - this is a very good educational film that shows how so many of us follow the foolish pattern of the consumption trend that made so many generations fixated with buying things they don't need with money they don't have, just to keep the growth going
Mildly interesting doc that works as an introduction to planned obsolescence. Would have appreciated it to go into more detail but it does a good job of giving a quick overview of the subject (from both the angle of the producers and the consumers), and makes you think about other products and aspects of life where this might be happening.