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‘Rubbish has no value’. Identify the arguments for and against this view.

Introduction 120 words approx
Paragraph 1
Outline = describe the main points/features
Rubbish has no value - define this concept in the introduction as it is the main content phrase in the essay question Value - highlight that this essay is looking at the value of rubbish Rubbish - set out the main points of the argument that demonstrate the value of rubbish There are two parts to this argument and they will make up the main body of the essay. The first part will look at Thompson’s argument that rubbish is divided into three categories: ordinary use (transient), rubbish category and durable category. And how certain items increase in value with time making them ‘priceless’ of fashion. The second part will look at ‘rubbish’ and how media presents goods we consume using the marketing model to show how things go in and out this will structure the two sides of the argument about rubbish having value. Main body of the essay 880 words approx

Paragraph 2
Outline Thompson’s theory using his set of concepts showing how objects pass in and out of the category of ‘rubbish’. Claims:
* Transient objects- decrease in value over time: fashionable items such as clothes and mobiles * Rubbish or practically zero value objects: broken items such as broken mobile phones or worn out clothes * Durable objects- increase in value over time: works of art or vintage/heritage pieces

Paragraph 3
Present the evidence to support Thompson’s theory.
Evidence:
* Thompson’s study of Stevengraphs- support this with a recent example such as a VC being sold recently for £260,000? Talking about demand and supply making such items desirable.

Paragraph 4
Outline the argument that rubbish does in fact carry a value. Note the two sides of the argument here using the two claims below and use the concepts of recycling and the ‘rubbish business’ to explain these two positions. Claims:...
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