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Collective Memory and Cultural Amnesia: Introduction to the December 17, 2017 issue of Other Voices
Our society is obsessed with the short-term present. It devalues memories and the past. That's the nature of capitalism, especially the speeded-up hypercapitalism of today. The past is useless: profit...
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
While two-thirds of the world's population lives in poverty, valuable human and natural resources are used to produce: fur-covered toilet seats, electronic nail polish dryers, diapers for parakeets, a...
How Things Don't Work
Papanek, Victor and Hennessey, James
Pananek and Hennessey focus on appliances, tooks, and devices that are at the nub of modern living. They show how some of our most cherished possessions, ranging from simple household fixtures to soph...
The Waste Makers
Packard criticizes the development of an economy and a society based on deliberate waste.
For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out. Now that's coming to LED bulbs
In 1924, representatives of the world's leading lightbulb manufacturers formed Phoebus, a cartel that fixed the average life of an incandescent bulb at 1,000 hours, ensuring that people would have to ...