The Light Bulb Conspiracy - a documentary about planned obsolescence

The Light Bulb Conspiracy from Pete Hinne on Vimeo.



The Light Bulb Conspiracy is a brilliant documentary about how companies engineer their products to fail. This way of doing business is called planned obsolescence and is the deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer demand. As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it: The article that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business – and a tragedy for the modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating cycle of production, consumption and throwing away. The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence, from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day stories involving cutting edge electronics and the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers. This film travels to France, Germany, Spain and the US to find witnesses of a business practice which has become the basis of the modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa where discarded electronics are piling up in huge cemeteries for electronic waste.

The documentary mostly talks about electronics, but the principal is the same with fashion. Ok, not every company does this, some are actually dedicated to making long lasting quality products. And those are the companies I want to do business with.

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