My Watch : An Instructive Little Tale

1169 WordsOct 18, 20165 Pages
All three authors gave great insight to planned obsolescence. It is really amazing that even before our modern-age technological boom, planned obsolescence was a societal issue. My family is guilty of perpetuating this issue. We would much rather buy a new product than to have one fixed, because it is cheaper at the time. After reading these articles, I have a new perspective and will try to change and go against the societal norm of trashing “old” and buying new products. Mark Twain gives an excellent example of planned obsolescence in his short story, “My Watch: An Instructive Little Tale.” A watch should be made to run a lifetime; however, in “My Watch” Twain’s watch ran for only 18 months before it started to deteriorate at an exponential rate. No matter how many times he went to the watch repairer, the watch was never the same. Each time it was fixed, a new problem arose. The problem started, not from misuse, but from Twain forgetting to wind it up. The watch stopped as a result. I know from personal experience that a wind up watch/clock is very touchy. Once it stops, it is almost impossible to get it to where it will keep perfect time again. Is this a flaw in the workmanship or part of a bigger problem, planned obsolescence? I assume that it is probably a little of both. Comparing his watch to a modern day analog watch, the results may be the same. They do not last. It does not matter if the wind up mechanism dies or the battery dies. It will cost more
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