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Have you ever wondered why your smartphone or toaster oven doesn't seem to last very long, even though technology is becoming better and better? This week, in a special collaboration with Planet Money, we bring you the history of planned obsolescence – the idea that products are designed to break.
If you would like to read more on the topic, here's a list:
- The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy by Markus Krajewski
- Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
- Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America by Giles Slade
- The LED Quandary from The New Yorker
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