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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
OCLC Number: 62679850
Description: 330 p. ; 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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If you've replaced a computer lately - or a cell phone, a camera, a television - chances are, the old one still worked. And chances are even greater that the latest model won't last as long as the  Read more...

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