If this is a particular hobby horse of yours, that companies produce shorter-lived and shoddier products than they “could” … explain housing, and the modern car. Explain oil rigs. Explain school buildings. Explain professional photographs. Explain Advil.
In the intellectual climate we seem to be operating in, the most likely answer to these I would expect to see on a college campus is, “those are mistakes/anomalies.”
The part I can’t shake about these arguments about evil corporations planning obsolescence is to consider one very common complaint about the modern food industry: packaging and preservatives. Explain THAT.