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Made to break : technology and obsolescence in America

Author: Giles Slade
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
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"Made to Break is a history of twentieth-century technology as seen through the prism of obsolescence. America invented disposability, Giles Slade tells us, and he explains how this concept was in fact a necessary condition for the nation's rejection of tradition and our acceptance of change and impermanence. His book shows us the ideas behind obsolescence at work in such American milestones as the invention of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Slade
ISBN: 0674022033 9780674022034 9780674025721 0674025725
OCLC Number: 62679850
Description: 330 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Repetitive Consumption --
The Annual Model Change --
Hard Times --
Radio, Radio --
The War and Postwar Progress --
The Fifties and Sixties --
Chips --
Weaponizing Planned Obsolescence --
Cell Phones and E-Waste.
Responsibility: Giles Slade.
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