Originally Posted by Secruoser
I apologize if you misunderstood what I mean, but I wasn't attacking your education, but the education system of the world in general, which isn't States exclusive.
What I mean is, deliberate inefficiency is 'essential' in our monetary economic system because there's profit in it. You can ask any high-level engineers in the biggest corporations, but don't expect they'll be telling. Even though the 6th gen phone's technology is available now, it's deliberately excluded from the 5th gen because 5th gen with a little upgrade means another round of profit in this consumerist system. Everyone's gotta have the latest phone, if you know what I mean.
Don't want to be long-winded here, but yeah, monetary system clashes with common sense, that's why many find it hard to understand, but most are still in the box.
I think your comments are ridiculous. The reason why a 5th generation device doesn't have 6th generation technology is because software (and related hardware) is never finished - you just take it away from the developers. So the advancements that don't make one device version go into the next version. There's no conspiracy.
Furthermore, your assumption is based upon the premise that a purchaser of a 5th generation device must
purchase the 6th generation device, but no one has to do that. I'm still perfectly happy using my iPhone 3G, although I suspect I will purchase the next one. If a purchaser of a 5th g device buys the 6th g device, that's not planned obsolescence or purposeful inefficiency, that's fashion.
Planned obsolescence has to do with products engineered purposely with limited lifespan, like American automobiles of the 1950s-1970s. Do you think Apple products are engineered to break? Because I used my Mac Tower for seven years and I've been using my MacBook Pro for almost three years. And I'm still using a Sony CRT TV that's something like 25 years old. Sony has advanced the technology every single year since, but that didn't make my set obsolete because it still works.
And in the cases of devices that do fail after a short time (and many of today's electronics do), I would maintain that it's not planned obsolescence, but simply poorly designed or manufactured products, which exist because we expect our electronics to be absurdly inexpensive. The fact that one can buy a Blu-ray player that also has web access/WiFi built in for $130 or a CD=R/DVD-R drive for $26 or even an umbrella for $1.30 is simply astonishing, especially considering that the "manufacturer", the actual manufacturing facility, the distributor and the retailer all make some profit along the way. In 1985, a single-speed CD-ROM (read-only) drive cost $1000. At Blu-ray's introduction, most players cost $2000.
An argument that would make sense is that the success of capitalism is dependent upon consumerism, which is at complete odds with protecting the environment and the protection of natural resources. In addition, one can argue about the morality and ethics of public companies in terms of their mandate to serve only the interests of shareholders to the exclusion of employees and consumers of the products/services. And if you want to maintain that THIS is not taught in the schools (whether public or private), I would agree with you.
Where I would disagree is the reasons it's not taught: you probably think it's some government conspiracy to only educate people to benefit the interests of corporations. That's ridiculous - the public schools fail corporations every day by not educating people with the skills needed to join the workforce (outside of fast food restaurants). It's not taught because grade schools have decided that the only thing that matters is reading and math skills and everyone (at least in the U.S.) is trying to kill money for education.
And by the way....I'm a product of the public school system.