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Made to break : technology and obsolescence in America

Autore: Giles Slade
Editore: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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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  Per saperne di più…
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Tipo materiale: Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Giles Slade
ISBN: 0674022033 9780674022034
Numero OCLC: 62679850
Descrizione: 330 p. ; 22 cm.
Contenuti: 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.
Responsabilità: 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  Per saperne di più…

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