New World Notes - The Lightbulb Conspiracy (Part One of Two)
This week on New World Notes: radio program #335, August 5, 2014, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (and on Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.), host Kenneth Dowst excerpts an interesting documentary film about "planned obsolescence." That is, about 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 made by Robin Upton and previously broadcast on his radio show, Unwelcome Guests. I have condensed and slightly rearranged Robin's adaptation to fit the half-hour format of New World Notes. New World Notes previously broadcast this installment, in March 2011.
Fun fact: A lightbulb in the Livermore, California, firehouse has been burning continuously since 1901--for 113 years. See it live on Webcam. 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. This is not a coincidence.
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