Michael Moore is right! Capitalism has failed.
The cord on yet another set of my earphones has a short. I only get sound in one ear unless I hold the cord juuuuuust right, at the plug.
Yes, I have a heavy duty set of earphones with a cord as thick as a suspension cable on the Golden Gate Bridge. The sound quality of those earphones is great, but they uncomfortably clamp onto my head.
I also have a headset that works fine, but I cannot always walk around with a mic at my mouth--and I sleep with my headphones on.
In the same way that a doctor would rather cut a diabetic's foot off, rather than treat the diabetes*, electronics companies would rather make a headset wire with the consistency of a pretzel, than than use a thicker, woven wire.
*Barack Obama, Town Hall Meeting, August 15, 2009