They had intended the cartel to last for thirty years 1925 to 1955. The light bulb conspiracy uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920s, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to. A radio adaptation of cosima dannoritzers interesting documentary film. The 2010 frenchspanish documentary the light bulb conspiracy, discussing themes of planned obsolescence, refers to the centennial light extensively. Sticking with light bulbs as a product, they provide amongst the most emblematic case studies of planned obsolescence. The phoebus cartel existed to control the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs. Thomas pynchon was rightthe light bulb conspiracy is real.
That book draws heavily from documents related to the u. The light bulbs that illuminate our homes, offices, and streets come with a. Cosima dannoritzer the light bulb conspiracy extended video version. This began one of the first known examples of planned obsolescence. Heres the truth about the planned obsolescence of tech. We learn about a 1920s global conspiracy to break the lightbulbto get the. Ill begin with its history up until the mid20 th century, to be followed by reflections on more modern examples and applications, before discussing the more recent backlash from the anticonsumerist perspective and its implications for our global economy today. To many, the light bulb has become a symbol for planned obsolescence a tactic that some manufacturers use to ensure profits. In 2015 it was recognized by guinness world records as the worlds longestburning bulb. Light bulb conspiracy probes planned obsolescence consumer. New world notes 160 the lightbulb conspiracy part 2.
Fighting planned obsolescence or the lightbulb conspiracy. Im writing a series on planned obsolescence, inspired by the documentary the light bulb conspiracy. The light bulb conspiracy uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920s, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to increase demand. Planned obsolescence took a step further decades later during the. They appropriated market territories and fixed the useful life of such bulbs. This week, in a special collaboration with planet money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence the idea that products are designed to break. An ordinary electric lightbulb seems to explode on contact. Light bulb conspiracy video project the video project.
Did you know that the lifetime of light bulbs have been reduced on purpose to just hours. This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail. The film also profiles a new generation of consumers, designers and business people who have started challenging planned obsolescence. A light bulb at a fire station in livermore, california, has been on almost continuously since 1901.
Prior to 1924, the average lifespan of a light bulb was around 2,500. Thomas edison invented commercially viable light bulbs circa 1880. As a company summary puts it, pyramids of waste 2010 also known as the lightbulb conspiracy is a documentary about how our economic system based on consumerism and planned obsolescence is breaking our planet down. Corporations based in europe and america founded the cartel on january 15, 1925 in geneva. The 2010 documentary the light bulb conspiracy explores the phoebus cartel as an early example of planned obsolescence and includes interviews with markus krajewski. And we discover how the forces of planned and psychological obsolescence. Book reveals secret conspiracy to make products obsolete daily mail. Essentially, companies build products that are designed to eventually fail so that consumers have to buy those products a second time and third time, and fourth time, and so on. This documentary from norway now released under creative commons licensing was originally called the pyramid of waste the lightbulb conspiracy sheds some light sorry. Ime, products are designed to a price, and an expected lifetime.1207 1439 995 1420 55 560 342 1305 631 1237 461 72 765 1 294 250 1693 1440 1440 568 393 126 1018 810 372 999 1126 98 1443 316 469 1470 723