The tax cuts and spending reductions would kick in right away, but the coverage expansions would be phased in slowly. Easter is observed as both a religious and secular holiday. It is the day Christians believe Christ rose from the dead, and is also celebrated as a welcoming of spring that is symbolized by the Easter Bunny.
Almost any object can serve to unveil the mysteries of engineering and its relation to art, business, and all other aspects of our culture. Of these, as many as 10 percent would be refurbished and reused,but most would go straight to the trash heap.
These still-functioning but obsolete computers represented an enormous increase over the 63 million working PCs dumped into American landfi ls in Inalthough a PC monitor lasted six or seven years, a CPU was expected to last only four or fi e. By informed consumers expected only two years of use from the new systems they were purchasing, and today the life expectancy of most PCs is even less.
This 50, tons of still-usable equipment joined anothertons of cell phones already awaiting dismantling and disposal.
PlayStations, Xboxes, and iPods are not far behind. Obsolete cathode ray tubes used in computer monitors will already be in the trash superseded by LCDs, as in Japan by the time a U. But the looming problem is not just the oversized analog TV sitting in the family room, which will require a team of professional movers to haul away.
The fact is that no one really knows how many smaller analog TVs still lurk in basements, attics, garages, and kitchens, not to mention the back rooms of sports bars, fi ness clubs, and other commercial sites.
What is known is frightening. Since the s, TV sales have achieved about a 95 percent penetration rate in American homes, compared to the 50 percent penetration rate computers achieved in the s. For more than a decade, about 20 to 25 million TVs have been sold annually in the United States,while only 20, are recycled each year.
But exportation is,at best,a stop-gap strategy. Following the Basel Convention,the United Nations slowed electronic waste shipments to these ports. But more practically, the ewaste problem will soon reach such gigantic proportions that it will overwhelm our shipping capacity.
Consequently, all of these discarded and highly toxic components represent an insurmountable future storage problem. Not only did we invent disposable products, ranging from diapers to cameras to contact lenses, but we invented the very concept of disposability itself, as a necessary precursor to our rejection of tradition and our promotion of progress and change.
As American manufacturers learned how to exploit obsolescence,American consumers increasingly accepted it in every aspect of their lives.
But it was the electric starter in automobiles, introduced inthat raised obsolescence to national prominence by rendering all previous cars obsolete.
Even the most modern American women hated hand-cranking their cars and were greatly relieved when they could simply push a start button on a newer model. The second stage of product obsolescence occurred about a decade later, in This strategy was so successful that it spread quickly to many other American industries, such as watches and radios.
The annual model change adopted by carmakers is an example of psychological, progressive, or dynamic obsolescence. All of these terms refer to the mechanism of changing product style as a way to manipulate consumers into repetitive buying.
The most recent stage in the history of product obsolescence began when producers recognized their ability to manipulate the failure rate of manufactured materials. After prolonged use, any product will fail because its materials become worn or stressed.
But during the Depression, manufacturers were forced to return to the practice of adulteration—the nineteenth-century technique of using inferior materials in manufactured goods—as a simple cost-cutting measure: But these same manufacturers soon realized that adulteration also stimulated demand.
After a decade of unprecedented afflu nce and consumption during the s, consumer demand fell radically with the onset of the Depression, and in desperation manufacturers used inferior materials to deliberately shorten the life spans of products and force consumers to purchase replacements.
Planned obsolescence is the catch-all phrase used to describe the assortment of techniques used to artificia ly limit the durability of a manufactured good in order to stimulate repetitive consumption.
To achieve shorter product lives and sell more goods, manufacturers in the s began to base their choice of materials on scientifi tests by newly formed research and development departments.
As obsolescence became an increasingly useful manufacturing and marketing tool, an eclectic assortment of advertisers, bankers, business analysts, communications theorists, economists, engineers, industrial designers, and even real estate brokers contrived ways to describe, control, promote, and exploit the market demand that obsolescence created.
What these approaches had in common was their focus on a radical break with tradition in order to deliver products,and prosperity,to the greatest number of people—and in the process to gain market share and make a buck.
Both goals strike us today as quintessentially American in spirit. But even as these professionals were inventing the means to exploit obsolescence, a number of articulate American critics began to see this manipulation of the public as the very epitome of what was wrong with our culture and its economic system.
The former journalist Vance Packard raised the issue powerfully in his debut book, The Hidden Persuaders, inwhich revealed how advertisers relied on motivational research to manipulate potential buyers.
The sheer volume of print Americans have devoted to this topic since demonstrates that obsolescence has become a touchstone of the American consciousness.
The book you have in your hand is a collection of stories that emerged during my search for obsolescence in uniquely American events: The theory and practice of obsolescence play a central role in each of these American milestones.
At each juncture, vested interests struggled and competed to achieve repetitive consumption through obsolescence, in its many forms and combinations. If human history reserves a privileged place for the Egyptians because of their rich conception of the afterlife, what place will it reserve for a people who, in their seeming worship of convenience and greed, left behind mountains of electronic debris?Pohod po obronkih Jablaniške doline.
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