The Freakonomics blog just linked to “Last Year’s Model“, a site which encourages you to keep your current tech instead of throwing it away each year and getting new tech.
My first reaction was: “There are people who buy new stuff when the old stuff is still working fine? Why?” While I have an annoying habit of damaging, blowing up, or submerging my phones, or having them stolen, I can’t think of a time I ever bought a new one when the old one worked fine.
Surely it’s a sign of how utterly materialist our society has become that voluntarily choosing to use last year’s model (gasp!) is considered an unusual and noteworthy virtue?