Week 4 – Discussion 1
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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Consumerism and Planned Obsolescence [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapters 7 and 9 in your text and the article Resist Planned Obsolescence or Accept the Financial Consequences (Links to an external site.), and review the infographic Consumerism Stats (Links to an external site.). The purpose of this discussion is to help you understand the growing concerns surrounding consumerism, planned obsolescence, and the environment.
Prepare and post a response to the following prompts:
Define the terms consumerism and planned obsolescence, giving an example of each.
Describe one product or service and explain how planned obsolescence is incorporated into its design. Note: Try to not use the same product or service that a classmate has already used in a previous post.
What role do you think planned obsolescence may play in contributing to environmental waste?
Which ethical theories and/or perspectives help to address the challenge of consumer-based environmental waste?
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required resources and/or scholarly sources, and properly cite any references in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center resources Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) and Integrating Research (Links to an external site.).
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