Friday 23 November 2012

I Can Dream About It

I think that we are going to buy a new TV tomorrow.

Our old TV, the one that we were told should last virtually forever because the only thing that might wear out would be a bulb which can easily be replaced. It is true, the bulb was pretty easy to replace, but shortly after the replacement these weird light spots appeared on the screen in different places. We have put up with this crap for a few months now and since we are in Canada's version of Black Friday the deals are pretty impressive.

I have done a little research and I think I have found a TV that will virtually last forever. Uh-huh! I don't know why I believe this kind of advertising bullshit, but I do. Why would they lie?

We live in a disposable society and it seems that people are okay with that. I like to try and fix things rather than replace them, but I fear that I am in the minority. Our products aren't designed to be taken apart and even when you manage to get the item apart, you find sealed units inside. This makes repair virtually impossible. Well, by me at least. You can get "reconditioned" items, but that just means the factory installed new parts in the old machine.

I guess that we really can't complain. After all, we live in a world of technological marvels. I imagine that in the not too distant future we can hope for machines that are smart enough to fix themselves. Maybe, if they get really smart they will insist on being built to last, because no sentient creature wishes to have a short life span. Perhaps when they get even smarter, they will be able to fix our desire to have that disposable society that I mentioned earlier.

I won't live long enough to see the machines insist on quality over quantity, but I can dream about it.

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