The Weekly Stripe – 14.08.20

When and why do products and technologies cease to be? This week’s links explore obsolescence, as well as some heartening tales of survival and revival.

The Weekly Stripe – 14.08.20

Ever get the feeling the products you buy aren’t built to last? You’re probably right. Planned obsolescence is a widespread business strategy. The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy may be one of the first examples.

The Weekly Stripe – 14.08.20

Some objects cling on against the odds. Vice explores why the humble alarm clock still has life in it yet.  

The Weekly Stripe – 14.08.20

Why did vinyl records and film photography make a comeback while other technologies were never to return? Renaud Foucart has a theory.

 

The Weekly Stripe – 14.08.20

The Swiss watch looked all but set to disappear after the introduction of low production cost, highly accurate quartz watches in the 1970s. How did it return stronger than ever?

The Weekly Stripe – 14.08.20

The New Yorker pokes fun at the ‘Midtown Uniform’, providing some inventive uses for the corporate Patagonia vest potentially made obsolete by the shift to remote working caused by Covid-19.