From the lightbulb in the 1920s to the latest iPad today, this documentary explains what happened when Big Business realizes that if our things don’t break, they won’t make more money. Many products were then designed to fail after a period of time, planned obsolescence. When it’s no longer cost effective to repair our machines, we replace them. In case they still work for too long a period, continual improvements in functionality or design entice consumers to upgrade long before necessary. The result? More consumer debt, more garbage produced, and more natural resources squandered. Can our economy sustain itself any other way?
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