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Made to Break : Technology and Obsolescence in America

Author: Giles Slade
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, [2007] ©2007
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Made to Break is a history of twentieth-century technology as seen through the prism of obsolescence. Giles Slade explains how disposability was a necessary condition for America's rejection of tradition and our acceptance of change and impermanence. This book gives us a detailed and harrowing picture of how, by choosing to support ever-shorter product lives, we may well be shortening the future of our way of life  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Slade
ISBN: 9780674043756 0674043758 9780674025721 0674025725
OCLC Number: 1049624876
Language Note: In English.
Awards: Winner of Independent Publisher Book Awards: Environment/Ecology/Nature Category Gold Award 2007
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction --
1. Repetitive Consumption --
2. The Annual Model Change --
3. Hard Times --
4. Radio, Radio --
5. The War and Postwar Progress --
6. The Fifties and Sixties --
7. Chips --
8. Weaponizing Planned Obsolescence --
9. Cell Phones and E-Waste --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index --
Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction --
1. Repetitive Consumption --
2. The Annual Model Change --
3. Hard Times --
4. Radio, Radio --
5. The War and Postwar Progress --
6. The Fifties and Sixties --
7. Chips --
8. Weaponizing Planned Obsolescence --
9. Cell Phones and E-Waste --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Giles Slade.
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The flip side of America's worship of novelty is its addiction to waste, a linkage illuminated in this fascinating historical study. Historian Slade surveys the development of disposability as a Read more...

 
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