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Power button : a history of pleasure, panic, and the politics of pushing

Author: Rachel Plotnick
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Push a button and turn on the television; tap a button and get a ride; click a button and "like" something. The touch of a finger can set an appliance, a car, or a system in motion, even if the user doesn't understand the underlying mechanisms or algorithms. How did buttons become so ubiquitous? Why do people love them, loathe them, and fear them? In Power Button, Rachel Plotnick traces the origins of today's  Read more...
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Plotnick, Rachel.
Power button.
Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017055846
(OCoLC)1013528597
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Plotnick
ISBN: 9780262347501 0262347504 9780262347518 0262347512
OCLC Number: 1051003325
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; I You Rang?; 1 Setting the Stage; 2 Ringing for Service; 3 Servants out of Sight; II Automagically; 4 Distant Effects; 5 We Do the Rest; 6 Let There Be Light; III Imagining Digital Command; 7 What's a Button Good For?; 8 Anyone Can Push a Button; 9 Push for Your Pleasure; 10 Conclusion; Further Reading; Notes; References; Index.
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A look at the origins of an American button-pushing society and the illusion of effortless control at the touch of a finger.  Read more...

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