To Buy, To Throw Away, To Buy; the Secret History of Planned Obsolescence
...The film tackles the question why we have " the desire to own something a little newer, sooner and better than necessary all the time". It takes us to Livermore in California where the longest burning lightbulb shines on and on. It has been doing so for 109 years and has already outlasted 3 web cams they have set up so you can see the bulb online during 24h. A shocking story is that of the Phoebus cartel and how the industry in the 1920s started to control the consumption and manufacturing of light bulbs by making it shorter-lived on purpose to sell more. Engineers at the time were given instructions to make Edison's lightbulb design more fragile to not outlast 1000 hours.