Unplanned Obsolescence

Ophelia Benson

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You know how utopia keeps never arriving? How we keep thinking it’s going to, or at least that it’s getting closer, and then we suddenly get shoved backward a few miles and have to start all over again?

It’s because people get bored so easily. That new movement for social change that seemed so fresh and exciting when it started—to the next generation it just seems like Mom’s social movement, and everyone knows how boring and out of it Mom is . . . let alone Granny.

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