planned obsolescence


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planned obsolescence

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the policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it. Also called: built-in obsolescence
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com)-- Planned obsolescence occurs when a product is designed with the intention of it breaking, failing or becoming unfashionable after a determined period of time.
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In the first edition, he examines how product lifespans hold the key to consumerism and explores the origins of planned obsolescence, revealing how a group of electrical manufacturers organised a light-bulb cartel in the 1920s.
With planned obsolescence and technology moving forward in leaps and bounds, most businesspeople agree that when an item has lived out its life, it should be replaced as soon as possible and with the most advanced comparable item available, which might be a different device altogether (remember the notebook?
Chapter six, "Sellers and Purchasers," offers a perceptive analysis of economic models at work in the book trade, whose interest in perfecting scholarly texts introduced a model of planned obsolescence.
So much is made today with planned obsolescence in mind," says Forest Eckley, the business heavy of the team.
Films to be shown at this year's festival include "A Passion for Sustainability," "Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life," "Carbon for Water," "Indonesia's Palm Oil Dilemma," "Sacred Economics," "Symphony Of The Soil," "Taste The Waste," "The Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence," "Waking The Green Tiger: A Green Movement Rises in China" and "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West," among others.
But this strategy of make-to-break is a particularly extreme and cynical form of planned obsolescence.
We know the profit system--not human nature--needs waste, duplication, planned obsolescence, cheap labor, cheap energy, cheap materials.
It's funny, but my friends and I, as rebellious young people, used lo criticize corporate America for a policy of planned obsolescence.
The planned obsolescence of a previous age has become an abandoned strategy.

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