Peripherals : the remainder and reminder of obsolescence

Maycroft, Neil (2015) Peripherals : the remainder and reminder of obsolescence. In: Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE), June 17-19, 2015, Nottingham Trent University.

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This paper focuses on peripherals and argues that they constitute both the remainder and the reminder of product obsolescence. The remainder as they tend not to be subject to the same processes of ‘disposition’ which characterise the flow of obsolescent and obsolete objects. Rather, they tend to accumulate and add to the clutter which increasingly occupies specific domestic locations. Indeed, the semi-permanent storage of peripherals may represent an attempt to symbolically delay the acceptance of the obsolescence of objects and to hold onto a sense of the value which they once had. Peripherals, may then, be functionally obsolete to the owner due to the dispossession of the products they once formed an extended aspect of. However, lack of durability or longevity is not their chief failing. Often unused, or little used, and usually being functionally simple, they have the ability to ‘hang around’ interminably.

Keywords:Obsolescence, Peripheral, Waste, e-waste
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Design)
ID Code:16726
Deposited On:16 Feb 2015 16:57

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