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The myth of the machine.

Author: Lewis Mumford
Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1967-70]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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An in-depth look at the forces that have shaped modern technology since prehistoric times. Mumford criticizes the modern trend of technology, which emphasizes constant, unrestricted expansion, production, and replacement. He contends that these goals work against technical perfection, durability, social efficiency, and overall human satisfaction. Modern technology fails to produce lasting, quality products by using  Read more...
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Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990.
Myth of the machine.
New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1967-70]
(OCoLC)600369384
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis Mumford
ISBN: 0151639744 9780151639748 0156623412 9780156623414
OCLC Number: 424751
Notes: Vol. 2 has imprint: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Description: 2 volumes illustrations 25 cm
Contents: V. 1. Technics and human development : Prologue --
The mindfulness of man --
In the dreamtime long ago --
The gift of tongues --
Finders and makers --
Fore-stages of domestication --
Garden, home, and mother --
Kings as prime movers --
The design of the megamachine --
The burden of 'civilization' --
Invention and the arts --
Pioneers in mechanization --
V. 2. The pentagon of power : New explorations, new worlds --
Return of the sun god --
The mechanized world picture --
Political absolutism and regimentation --
Science as technology --
The polytechnic tradition --
Mass production and human automation --
Progress as 'science fiction' --
The nucleation of power --
The new megamachine --
The megatechnic wasteland --
Promises, bribes, threats --
Demoralization and insurgence --
The new organum --
Epilogue : The advancement of life.
Other Titles: Technics and human development.
Pentagon of power.

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An in-depth look at the forces that have shaped modern technology since prehistoric times. Mumford criticizes the modern trend of technology, which emphasizes constant, unrestricted expansion, production, and replacement. He contends that these goals work against technical perfection, durability, social efficiency, and overall human satisfaction. Modern technology fails to produce lasting, quality products by using devices such as consumer credit, installment buying, non-functioning and defective designs, built-in fragility, and frequent superficial "fashion" changes. "Without constant enticement by advertising," he writes, "production would slow down and level off to normal replacement demand. Otherwise many products could reach a plateau of efficient design which would call for only minimal changes from year to year."

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