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September 26, 2011

It’s a Circle of Cheap Plastic Crap

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — paragardener @ 4:58 pm

I came across some film documenting “planned obsolescence,” a scheme to keep us buying products by having them break quickly and be impossible to fix. Buying a new microwave every five years means employing the people who make microwaves, not to mention profits for the investors… and so the cheaper the plastic crap is, the more it grows the economy! Waste is wealth, as George Orwell might say.

For some reason, this documentary wasn’t easy to navigate on Youtube, so here are links to the four parts in order:
(It’s about an hour long, altogether)







  1. Great documentary, E, thanks! I thought I basically knew about planned obsolescence, but there was a LOT in here that surprised me.

    Overproduction has apparently been a fear of the elites for more than a century, because it also played a role in the history of public schooling. Part of the reason for the child labor laws was to remove children from the competition for jobs, and put them into schools where they would merely consume resources (the labor of teachers, building space, textbooks, chalk, etc) instead of producing. I guess planned obsolescence was another prong in the attack, and another was massive advertising for stupid plastic crap that nobody actually needs (to stop people producing useful stuff). And there’s television– how else could they get people to sit on a couch for 4 hours straight? It’s been a difficult job for these elites, making people unproductive and dependent.

    Talk to you soon!

    Comment by freelearner — October 3, 2011 @ 2:21 am

  2. A 100-year-old light bulb!! (Just watching the first part now and am in total amazement.)

    Comment by estraven — October 5, 2011 @ 7:50 am

  3. Wow, that was informative. All our suspicions turn out to be true. These people who argue against Anti-Growth–how do they reconcile their position with the fact of finite resources? Now I see the GOP wants to cut Amtrak funding by 60%–this at a time when we should be building up mass transit as the world runs out of oil. It’s all about wishful thinking, I guess. Americans are great at that. “Clap harder!”

    Comment by estraven — October 5, 2011 @ 8:45 am

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