The Waste Makers
The Waste Makers was the first book to probe the increa ...more
Vance Packard was a prolific author of social criticism in the '50s, '60s and '70s. Not social criticism in the deep philosophical sense, perhaps, but more in the spirit of the muckrakers of the early 20th century. He wrote many bestse ...more
It is surprising how little that this book has dated in the twop generations since it was released. The dangers of planned obsolescence remain as important as when he coined the term. Wwe are now all too painfully aware of the risks of our excessive consumption on the finite resources of our planet and the consequences of the increased waste.
Many of the trends he predicted have proven to be correct and unfortunately the depressing effects on personality and culture seem to be taking place.
Nonetheless, Packard's thoughts in th ...more
Over a half century ago, Vance Packard explained why, introducing to the public the concept of "planned obsolescence" and other mechanisms that ensure the wheels of industry keep churning out products we are conned into demanding.
As our driverless capitalist train rushes ...more
This is the third volume in Vance Packard's series of books about American life and sociology. In it he makes the case for calling America a society of waste makers by documenting the wanton discarding of automobiles, appliances, and gadgets due to the desire for the newest and the latest. That desire was created by advertizing.
During the 1950s, manufacturers began building obsolescence into their products both by lowering quality so that stuff wore out faster and by focusing on yearly style cha ...more
Much of what Vance Packard wrote then still applies today, and although his intention was to make people more aware of what was happening, I am afraid the fact that we continue to go into debt unnecessarily has escalated way beyond what even the author could ...more