How Planned Obsolescence Encourages You to Buy New Things

In this weekend's NYT Magazine's economics column, Catherine Rampell examines "planned obsolescence," which essentially means giving products a limited life span so that consumers will be encouraged to spend money to replace them, or to upgrade when new lines of products come out. Rampell uses her iPhone 4 as an example, which she says suspiciously wore down just as Apple released their latest lines of iPhones.

The Labor Rights Abuse Bonus

I almost didn't read this latest article about Foxconn because it doesn't make me feel "good" to read about Foxconn, but I read it anyway because sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do.