Great vid, thx for sharing this Dr. B!
The Lightbulb Conspiracy
Directed by Cosima Dannoritzer (2010)
The Lightbulb Conspiracy is about the history of planned obsolescence, ie deliberate strategies by multinational corporations to reduce the lifespan of common products to increase consumer demand.
The documentary traces the origin of planned obsolescence to 1920, when a secret cartel of lightbulb manufacturers agreed to reduce the lifespan of a lightbulb from 2,500 to 1,000 hours.
It describes a similar conspiracy by the textile industry to make nylon fibers less durable. The first nylon stockings never got runs in them, and manufacturers couldn’t take the risk that women would only buy two or three pairs in a lifetime.
The film also reveals Ipod’s “dirty little secret;” namely Apple’s coy scheme to power them with irreplaceable batteries that die after 18 months, as well as explaining the secret chip in printers that automatically disables them after a designated number of…
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