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Made to break : technology and obsolescence in America

Author: Giles Slade
Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. ppk. edView all editions and formats

In this history of 20th-century technology, Slade explains how disposability was a necessary condition for America's rejection of tradition and our acceptance of change and impermanence. But by  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Slade
ISBN: 9780674025721 0674025725
OCLC Number: 938419980
Awards: Nominated for Herbert Feis Award 2007
Nominated for John G. Cawelti Award 2007
Nominated for Lynton Keith Caldwell Award 2007
Nominated for Sally Hacker Prize 2007
Nominated for Sidney Edelstein Prize 2007
Nominated for Rachel Carson Prize & Ludwik Fleck Prize 2009
Description: 330 s
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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