Designed to Fail?

The computer I am using to type this story is about seven years old now and has begun to make those deathly “crunching” sounds, as I like to call them, that signal its potential for a sudden demise. What this means is that soon, whether I want to or not, I’ll be buying a new (or at least, new to me) computer.

For many, the concept of buying a new computer is nothing big, but perhaps we should not take the purchases we make so lightly.

Most corporations are more than happy to encourage us to grab the shiniest, newest computer they are producing off the shelf as soon as it arrives. But for every perfectly packaged item you see sitting on the shelf, from computers to chocolate bars, there is a story.

It is The Story of Stuff and Annie Leonard summarizes, in the video featured in this post, why we ought to think more about the people, animals and resources that are affected by the purchases we choose to make.

The Story of Stuff Project exposes the cycle of consumerism that currently operates in our country. This is a system that is pumping out products designed to fail or make us feel inferior, in order to perpetuate itself.

It’s time to start breaking this cycle by REDUCING before reusing and re-purposing before recycling!

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Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha Calvin4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

interesting, thanks for sharing

Melissa L.
Melissa L4 years ago


Ram Reddy
Care member4 years ago

Thanks Alisa

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

It depends on how we take things

James Hager
James Hager5 years ago

i hate designed in failure, computer manufacturers and microsoft do it all the time.....thanks for the article!

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

In the 1970's those who understood the conversion to consumer as significant economic driver meant planned obsolescence for most products vs. the historical 'made to last' approach.

Christine Stewart
Christine S5 years ago

I really hate all the new phones that come out and are obsolete or surpassed in a year or two. Hardly any people will recycle the batteries, so all those conflict minerals will still need to be mined by child laborers and primates will get poached since the mine in is the middle of the endangered animals' forest....