The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Apr 15, 2024 | Conspiracy, Videos

Planned obsolescence is a fascinating concept that has had a major impact on our lives and the economy, yet it is something that many people don’t know much about. The documentary The Light Bulb Conspiracy investigates this practice in depth, exploring its roots in the 1920s and how it has become intertwined with modern consumer culture.

The film dives into the history of planned obsolescence, which began when a cartel was formed to limit the lifespan of lightbulbs. This allowed businesses to increase sales and profits by creating a continuous need for replacement products. As one magazine put 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 takes viewers on an investigative journey across France, Germany, Spain and America to discover more about this business practice. It looks at how planned obsolescence has been adopted by electronics companies such as Apple with their iPod – designed purposely so that users have to replace them regularly – and how this trend has even spilled over into African countries where discarded items pile up in huge electronic waste cemeteries.

This documentary presents an eye-opening look into a largely hidden but pervasive industry that shapes our buying habits. For those seeking insight on this topic or simply wanting to be entertained by an interesting story, The Light Bulb Conspiracy is highly recommended viewing.

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