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Important analysis of economic and culture forming ideology
on October 15, 2008
This book is a real eye opener and helps us to understand just how we've been duped by manufacturers and big business into buying products we don't need, or buying products we already have, by planned obsolescence.
If you were angry at the constant new products that make perfectly good products obsolete, say such as VHS to DVD, or records to CD's you've got good reason. If you're angry at overpackaging this book will make you livid at it.
Though the book is a period piece(1960) it is still valid today as little has really changed...except for the worst. In light of the current economic crisis this is an insightful book indeed, and even to an extent predicts many of the current problems due to the ongoing business practices of the day.
This book might infuriate you and make you fight back by making smarter choices. In our day of trying to be conservative with resources this is an essential book to help us see clearly not only the society around us but at our own buying habits.
It reads pretty good too. Admittedly he does a bit of over kill in the research end so by the end of the book you've had enough. But this is truly an excelent study and a must read.