Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America / Edition 1

Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America / Edition 1

by Giles Slade
     
 

If you've replaced a computer lately-or a cell phone, a camera, a television-chances are, the old one still worked. And chances are even greater that the latest model won't last as long as the one it replaced. Welcome to the world of planned obsolescence-a business model, a way of life, and a uniquely American invention that this eye-opening book explores from its… See more details below

Overview

If you've replaced a computer lately-or a cell phone, a camera, a television-chances are, the old one still worked. And chances are even greater that the latest model won't last as long as the one it replaced. Welcome to the world of planned obsolescence-a business model, a way of life, and a uniquely American invention that this eye-opening book explores from its beginnings to its perilous implications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674022034
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1Repetitive consumption9
2The annual model change29
3Hard times57
4Radio, radio83
5The war and postwar progress115
6The fifties and sixties151
7Chips287
8Weaponizing planned obsolescence227
9Cell phones and e-waste261

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