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An interesting film about "planned obsolescence." That is, products designed to fail early so another must be purchased--and the bad effects of that on our lives and our environment.
Topics include the international lightbulb cartel, which greatly reduced the life of bulbs ... nearly indestructable nylon stockings, later made flimsy by DuPont ... the original iPod, with a non-replaceable battery designed to fail early ... the Epson InkJet printer's "stop working" chip ... and other outrages.
The film was directed by Norway's COSIMA DANNORITZER. Most of this radio adaptation was produced by ROBIN UPTON and previously broadcast on his radio show, Unwelcome Guests (unwelcomeguests.net). I have condensed and slightly rearranged Robin's adaptation to fit our show's half-hour format.
New World Notes previously broadcast this installment in March 2011.
New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "gun") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.
FUN FACT: A lightbulb in the Livermore, California, firehouse has been burning continuously since 1901--for 113 years. See it live on Webcam: http://www.centennialbulb.org/cam.htm. They don't make 'em like they used to! By way of contrast, the Livermore FD's first Webcam lasted all of 3 years before breaking. Thia is not a coincidence.
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