The Light Bulb Conspiracy
Once upon a time..... products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: "A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business" (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born.
Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence. During the 1950s, with the birth of the consumer society, the concept took on a whole new meaning, as explained by flamboyant designer Brooks Stevens: "Planned Obsolescence, the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary...". The growth society flourished, everybody had everything, the waste was piling up (preferably far away in illegal dumps in the Third World) - until consumers started rebelling...
Can the modern growth society survive without Planned Obsolescence? Did the eternal light bulb ever exist? How can a tiny chip "kill" a product? How did two artists from New York manage to extend the lives of millions of iPods? Is Planned Obsolescence itself becoming obsolete?
|Production:||Patrice Barrat, Joan Úbeda|
|Our age recommendation:||16|
|Language (audio):||German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian|
|Language (subtitles):||German, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian|
|Country of origin:||France, Spain|
|Screening rights:||Mediapro ()|
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Best Documentary on 'Science, Technology and Education', GZDOC 2010, China –
Best Documentary, Spanish Television Academy Awards, 2011 –
Best Film, SCINEMA 2011, Australia –
Best Feature Documentary, Filmambiente 2011, Brazil –
Maeda Special Prize, NHK Japan Prize 2011 –
Ondas Internacional 2011, Spain –
Special Jury Mention, FICMA 2011, Spain –
Finalist, Focal International Awards 2011, London, UK –
Finalist, Magnolia Awards, Shanghai TV Festival 2011, China –
Finalist, Prix Europa 2011, Berlin –
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