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The products you own are worse now.

It's not your imagination, products you buy are worse now. Fashion falls apart. Gadgets become unusable, etc. Mainly due to accelerating market changes rather than a deliberate reduction in material quality alone.

Fast-forward a handful of decades, and now several generations of people are conditioned to buy the new thing and to keep replacing it. Companies, in turn, amp up production accordingly. It’s less so that objects are intended to break — functional planned obsolescence, if you will — but rather that consumer mindsets are oriented around finding the better object
Linked on the 11th of January, 2023 Details

I’m not Extreme, Consumerism Is

It’s indeed crazy that trying to live waste-free is considered more extreme than spending the night queuing in the cold for a new phone.
Linked on the 13th of June, 2019 Details

The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need

The spiral of possession as self-expression.
Linked on the 23rd of April, 2018 Details

To cure affluenza, we have to be satisfied with the stuff we already own

I never looked at it that way: consumerism is the love of buying things, materialism is the love of the things themselves.
Linked on the 26th of November, 2017 Details

Death by consumerism

Photo taken Just off the shopping shrine that is Regent Street in London.

Published on the 25th of November, 2017 Read full post

The fast fashion problem

There's a serious overconsumption problem in fashion these days. Cheap, so-called "fast fashion" is pushing people to buy more clothes, a good percentage of which is never even worn.

Published on the 17th of May, 2016 Read full post