I was listening to a podcast with Casey Niestat, video creator extraordinarie. He mentioned a viral video he did in 2003 where Apple refuses to repair his iPod, telling him that he should just buy another one.
It speaks to a throwaway culture that is in part responsible for the Climate Crisis. And then a few days after listening to the podcast (here), I came across a Medium article on an intriguing concept called “right to repair.” That planned obsolescence has to have limits and that products shouldn’t be specifically designed so that they are unrepairable. I remember growing up how our town had a little shop for shoe repair and another for TV 📺 repair. We still repair major purchases such as riding lawn mowers, cars and such, but a lot of the high tech gadgets coming out of Silicon Valley is throwaway when it stops working. I saw @Vilen’s recent conversation on electric skateboards from a bankrupt company and I wonder whether there is a societal responsibility to have replacement parts available, especially if all it takes is one small part replacement to avoid tossing a broken gadget into the landfill.