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Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 17, 2015

Design is all, but this documentary doesn’t say it very inspiringly, or even all that interestingly. Mostly it demonstrates that designers are effete, self-regarding elitists. Actually, that’s not fair, or at least it’s not universal. It’s a part of a big picture though, and Objectified, which comes across as a fussy, hermetic statement, reinforces that part.

The sustainability section is interesting. This isn’t new, but it is true. This whole industry, many or most industries are built and depend on the idea of endless innovation and manufacture, and of the consumer endlessly tossing out and trading up. Capitalism, in other words. At the risk of being annoying, what would Jesus say to that?