Thursday, June 16, 2016

THE STRATEGY OF PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE

As an individual with a 19 year old desk top which is working beautifully despite having an operating system that is no longer supported, and a 20 year old fridge in tiptop condition, I seem to have avoided the planned obsolescence trap. I still use my old Nokia and my old television but is this just me and good luck or is there some grand design afoot? Do your research and find out about planned obsolescence. When you are done write an essay in which you indicate what it is and what affects the policy has.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Reading material to make notes on
·         Planned obsolescence http://www.economist.com/node/13354332
·         We are all losers to a gadget industry based on planned obsolescence
·         Planned obsolescence: the good and the bad http://www.perc.org/blog/planned-obsolescence-good-and-bad
·         Planned obsolescence: advantages and disadvantages http://smallbusiness.chron.com/planned-obsolescence-advantages-disadvantages-75368.html
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         Planned obsolescence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60YN8honuDs
·         Technology rant: planned obsolescence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AvND-RH79o
Will planned obsolescence kill Silicon Valley? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQQtMqUffzU

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