iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens says that our relationship with our stuff has spiraled out of control, in that that we typically buy things, use them for a short while, then discard and replace them with the next model.
Wiens observes that this throwaway culture habit allows manufacturers to get away with building products that break quickly and are uneconomic to fix, obliging us to frequently replace them whether we like it or not.
"That ends now," declares Wiens. "It's time to take a stand! If you can't fix it, you don't own it.... Let's take back our right to repair! Help us get this manifesto posted in every workshop, hacker space, and garage in the world!"
"Print it out or get a copy from us," Wiens continues, "then take a geotagged photo and add it to our Flickr pool with the tag manifesto. We'll make a map of the results and post it. Let's take the fight against planned obsolescence to the streets!"
Giving away 1,500 posters
Weins says he and his team really, really want people to read this manifesto, in aid of which they've printed a large quantity of posters and will mail you one, inside or outside the U.S. for the cost of the postage. iFixit is also including a manifesto poster with the next 5,000 parts or tool orders they ship.
iFixIt is probably best known as the producer and publisher of excellent, illustrated, teardown, repair, and reassembly manuals originally for Apple Macintosh computers, but more recently for a wide variety of consumer electronics devices, household appliances, even automobiles. The iFixIt guides can be viewed or downloaded as PDF files for free from iFixIt's Website here.
"We are building a free repair manual for every device," says Wiens. "That's a monumental undertaking, but we're making great progress, one photo at a time. We'd love your help! iFixit guides are the free repair manual that you can edit from a community of people helping
each other fix stuff. Come hang out -- you'll find a friendly, helpful bunch of people who care about things and want to make them last longer."
Wiens also appeals to customers and users of iFixIt guides to print, hack, and redistribute the manifesto. "The world needs to hear this message," he says, "and we need to get the word out every way possible," adding that "you're free to do whatever you like with this manifesto. Just include a link back to ifixit.com."