Clive Thompson for Wired:
We need, in short, a fixer movement. This would be a huge cultural shift. In the 20th century, U.S. firms aggressively promoted planned obsolescence, designing things to break. Buying new was our patriotic duty: “We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing pace,” marketer Victor Lebow wrote in 1955.
Hey Clive, there’s this whole continent full of kids that do this on a daily basis, both for the fun of it and as a way to make a living. I am sure you have heard of Africa, right?