Well a phrase had picked up in the past decade which said “USE AND THROW”. Before this concept was ever heard of, people bought things with much care. New things were developed frequently but it didnt prompt them to buy the new version because they were content with it. The features they required were the most important quality they looked for in any product they bought.
Things now have changed drastically though. The mass producing nations like china brought forward a concept to be able to keep their industrial output at its peak all year long. This was the biggest blunder the commercial market would have seen but somehow people accepted it. The first thing that was put forward was to push new models/versions out as frequently as the wind changes directions. This kept the people too confused to be able to decide what they want. The other thing was that people will be content with the features you give them until you lure them towards the new ones. This led to a flood of unnecessary options and features being shipped with products. Prices of things have been falling everyday and new things being introduced even more frequently.
You might think, ‘its a good thing isn’t it?’ Well yes if you look at it as a customer. You have the opportunity to be able to witness the biggest boom of technology the world has ever seen and also the power to be able to own such amazing things and witness the power they carry. But what about the creator’s aspect? Use and throw stuff is mostly mass produced and as expected machine made. Then what would happen to the designers spending days or even months designing a product and giving life to it? How would it feel if you spend a year or two in designing something and making it reality, and before you know it, it is outdated.
Well you might also think that someone is benefiting with this method, and that would be the companies. Well, nope they are not. They are stuck in a grave they dug for themselves. They practically cannot innovate and create as fast as they thought they could. Which leads to copying somebody else’s stuff or int he worst case, shipping useless products with features nobody cares about.
I feel this is a bad practice. We must respect the creativity of the creator of the product and admire his imagination. People spend months, sometimes years to be able to come up with a design that can be accepted worldwide. Throwing it away would only hurt them and nullify their hard work.
There is another huge flaw in the so called ‘use and throw’ concept. environmentalists think that buying the new thing and selling the old one off is good cuz the new ones use latest technology and save energy. This might be the case but lets consider this. Firstly a huge amount of energy was spent in making that item and shipping it in the market and now when it is outdated, considerable amount of energy would be spent in recycling those things and making new ones. Well, this doesnt look very eco friendly to me.