Is it All a Conspiracy? No! But Lightbulb Life Is…

You may think planned obsolescence is a modern phenomenon, but the concept started way before Apple’s battery issues. In the 1920’s, a short-lived international cartel, took control of the manufacturing and standardization of light bulbs, the legacy of which has been the insidious discontent we often see today, a response to the constant turnover of new products. It may be hard to believe, but a light bulb hanging in Livermore Fire Station, California, has been burning bright for 118 years. This podcast discusses the problem with the planned failure of technology against the difficulty of shaking the “latest is greatest” attitude.