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In the past few decades humanity has seen the fastest and most expansive development in its technological capabilities Cities roaring with skylines higher than mountains people traveling from land masses thousands of miles in a matter of hours and even tiny tablets weighing about a pound are able to contact someone half way across the globe Times are changing and the new age is undeniably upon us The competitiveness in a free market has allowed companies to expand and reach for humanitys untapped potential But what happens when the competitors in a free market join hands and agree to implement self-destructive mechanisms in their products Is the importance of driving capitalism truly more important than the well-being of the consumer All these questions are relevant to consumers because planned obsolescence is a reality in our current economy By analyzing the example of incandescent light bulbs as well as the ethics versus the benefits of planned obsolescence it can be concluded that planned obsolescence is not beneficial for the consumer but necessary for the current development of society until we can find an alternative to this waste-based society The light bulb was one of the most important inventions of the 19th century Houses could be alive when the day got dark no more was there the risk of having your house burnt down Coal and candles were all replaced by this new phenomenon Every room could have their own individual light bulb installed easily and cheaply of course without the risk of burning down the house The technology of light bulbs grew from lasting 100s of hours all the way up to 1000s of hours But in 1930s this growth in the longevity of light bulbs saw a halt The Phoebus Cartel was created and made a standard for incandescent light bulbs so they could sell more light bulbs Rather than setting a golden standard with a minimum of 10 000 hours the Cartel coerced as
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