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Airpods are a Tragedy

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Good new Vice article.

 

I for one look forward to this series of articles that analyses various modern consumer products from the perspective of someone a thousand years from now.


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From the perspective of someone who's alive now. Can we please ban planned obsolescence and have a 3 strike policy for any company that doesn't comply within a year? 1st strike, 10% of all profit, 2nd strike 50%, 3rd strike government liquidates all assets. To make sure the workers don't get screwed over by the policy. A portion of every strike fine should be distributed to anyone at the company making less than 100k with a severance package worth 3x their salary dolled out upon 3rd strike liquidation. Anyone with a salary over 100k can fend for themselves. Add banning plastic for all non vital uses too. I'm tired of getting confused looks everytime I tell the cashier no bag please.

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A good point to bring up, too, is that planned obsolescence slows technological innovation at least as far as private R&D is concerned. Because why push the envelope on bold new products when you can just pump out tech from 3 years ago cheaply for quick profit? Oh, capitalism!


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A good point to bring up, too, is that planned obsolescence slows technological innovation at least as far as private R&D is concerned. Because why push the envelope on bold new products when you can just pump out tech from 3 years ago cheaply for quick profit? Oh, capitalism!

It's a very good tactic, as long as you buy out all the competition in the sector first. Otherwise you risk a competitor making an actually superior product. As for capitalism, it is the divine creed of the Lord ELON himself, so must not be challenged or questioned without great care, and ideally not at all.


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It's a very good tactic, as long as you buy out all the competition in the sector first. Otherwise you risk a competitor making an actually superior product. As for capitalism, it is the divine creed of the Lord ELON himself, so must not be challenged or questioned without great care, and ideally not at all.

 

 

And how do you prevent a large enough company from buying out all the competition and forming a monopoly on ownership of the supply chain and production in that sector?

 

Are you actually a troll

 

EDIT: Actually you know what, you don't even need a monopoly. Apple does have competition but it leads by having managed to induct its consumers into a very loyal cult-like identity. "I'm an Apple fan", they'd say. They had an ipod, they have a macbook, Apple products are the only computers they've ever owned. If you tell them that Apple designs its products to be disposable so the next thing to be rolled out is more eagerly consumed, they won't care. THIS is the ideal consumer - brainwashed and loyal.


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It's a very good tactic, as long as you buy out all the competition in the sector first. Otherwise you risk a competitor making an actually superior product. As for capitalism, it is the divine creed of the Lord ELON himself, so must not be challenged or questioned without great care, and ideally not at all.

 

 

And how do you prevent a large enough company from buying out all the competition and forming a monopoly on ownership of the supply chain and production in that sector?

 

Are you actually a troll

 

EDIT: Actually you know what, you don't even need a monopoly. Apple does have competition but it leads by having managed to induct its consumers into a very loyal cult-like identity. "I'm an Apple fan", they'd say. They had an ipod, they have a macbook, Apple products are the only computers they've ever owned. If you tell them that Apple designs its products to be disposable so the next thing to be rolled out is more eagerly consumed, they won't care. THIS is the ideal consumer - brainwashed and loyal.

 

I take everything Jakob says that sounds religious as a joke, or an "exaggerated for humorous effect" expression of his opinion.

 

Monopolies and, more generally, imperfect information are the main inefficiencies in capitalism as it is practiced around most of the world today I think. 

 

If everyone knew all the costs associated with a product, they could make better purchase decisions. If everyone knew all the details of companies performance they could make ideal investment decisions.

 

Because so much of this info is hidden, and because so much effort is made in places like the USA and UK to give people very poor educations, making them unable or at the least very unlikely to research the background to companies they interact with. The only significant factor affecting demand is immediate price and the hoped for market efficiency that is the big advantage of capitalism is out the window. 

 

The moment people start talking about something being "too big to fail" you know that Capitalism is not working effectively in that place.

 

Monopolies and massive global companies end up with enough money to influence govt. then you get lots of mergers that are v. bad for the consumer, and lots of laws and regulations designed to make life difficult for new entrants, and massive bailouts etc. to keep them going when they are no  longer competitive. 







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