September 19, 2014
The Lightbulb Conspiracy...
aka 'Pyramids of Waste'.
Documentary on Planned Obsolescence (2010)
Planned Obsolescence is the
deliberate shortening of product life spans to guarantee consumer
As a magazine for advertisers succinctly puts it:
The article that
refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business - and a tragedy for the
modern growth society which relies on an ever-accelerating cycle of
production, consumption and throwing away.
The Light Bulb Conspiracy combines investigative research and rare
archive footage to trace the untold story of Planned Obsolescence,
from its beginnings in the 1920s with a secret cartel, set up
expressly to limit the life span of light bulbs, to present-day
stories involving cutting edge electronics (such as the iPod) and
the growing spirit of resistance amongst ordinary consumers.
This film travels to France, Germany, Spain and the US to find
witnesses of a business practice which has become the basis of the
modern economy, and brings back disquieting pictures from Africa
where discarded electronics are piling up in huge cemeteries for