the following essay “Creative Destruction and Destructive Creations: Environmental Ethics and Planned Obsolescence” by economist Joseph Guiltinan
In your introduction, summarize Guiltinan’s thesis in this essay.
Do you agree with Guiltinan’s main point? Or do you think “planned obsolescence” and “creative destruction” are no longer an issue in our economy? Give evidence for your view from at least two, credible online sources.
What are the ramifications of planned obsolescence for the average American? For the global community? For the environment? Give evidence for your view from at least two, credible online sources.
To further illustrate your perspective, describe a product purchase you made recently in light of what you know now about planned obsolescence. Describe a product that was designed to grow obsolete, or a product that you purchased that will not grow obsolete. Did you make your purchase decision based on sustainability?
Finally, describe ways you have seen our culture addressing planned obsolescence in your local community, in industry, and/or in service provision. Again, give clear evidence from credible sources describing our cultural responses.