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There is no product on the planet that enjoys the devotion of a Macintosh computer. Famously dedicated to their machines, many Mac fans eat, sleep and breathe the Macintosh. The Cult of Mac is the first book about Macintosh culture, arguably the largest distinct subculture in computing.

Written by Wired News journalist Leander Kahney, The Cult of Mac is an in-depth look at Mac users and their unique, creative, and often very funny culture. Like fans of a football team or a rock group, Macintosh fans have their own customs, with clearly defined obsessions, rites and passages. From people who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, to those who furnish their apartments out of empty Mac boxes, this book details Mac fandom in all of its forms.

Review:

"The Macintosh is more than a computer, it's a way of life. This book is about what it is to be a Macintosh person. It gives insight into the greatest love and loyalties of any product of our era." Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

Review:

"If you want to know what's happening in the Apple underground, talk to Leander Kahney." Eric Hellweg, CNN Columnist

Review:

"Mac-heads are already a pretty devoted lot, so it's doubtful that [this book] will make 'em any more loyal. But that doesn't mean it's without serious entertainment value. Kahney...includes 500 pictures of the splendid ways the faithful pay their respects." Village Voice

Review:

"This account of Macintosh fanaticism will strike a chord with anyone who's ardently defended (or cursed) an operating system...sure to end up on Quadra-based coffee tables everywhere." Wired Magazine

Review:

"Brimming with more than 500 color photos, this fun book won't stay on the shelves long." Library Journal

Review:

"The Cult of Mac is sure to warm the heart of your beloved Mac user. It's a fun read." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"[The Cult of Mac] is interspersed with trivia and delightful details, and intriguing photos, and is wrapped up in an entertaining style. This is a coffee table book that only a geek might love — but it's also one lots of people will enjoy reading." Washington Times

Book News Annotation:

Apple's award-winning designs have inspired a dedicated following of creative technophiles--and it seems Wired News reporter Kahney has met them all. Color photographs and accompanying text capture images of Apple tattoos and haircuts, art projects (iMac aquariums for example), hardware mods, mock-ups of fantasy Macs, and fans and their projects (e.g., furniture built out of Apple packaging, upgraded Color Classics with G3s, and an original empty cardboard box for the first Mac which sold on eBay for $500). Kahney also includes information about Apple and its founders.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Wired News reporter Kahney surveys the devoted following that has grown up around Macintosh computers — fans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who attend Apple Store openings like they are Grateful Dead shows, and counterculture icons who love the Mac.

Synopsis:

There is no product on the planet that enjoys the devotion of a Macintosh computer. Apple's machines have legions of loyal, sometimes demented fans. The Cult of Mac surveys the devoted following that has grown up around Macintosh computers. Like fans of a football team or a rock group, Macintosh fanatics have their own subculture, with clearly defined obsessions, rites, and passages. Famously dedicated to their computers, many Mac fans eat, sleep, and breathe the Macintosh. Fans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who attend Apple Store openings like they are Grateful Dead shows, counterculture icons who love the Mac, people who turn old Macs into aquariums (or bongs), Ellen Fein lookalike contests, erotic fiction featuring Steve Jobs; it's all here. Technology reporter Leander Kahney exposes all sides of Mac fanaticism, from the innocuous to the insane.

About the Author

Leander Kahney covers Apple and the Mac community for Wired News, where he writes the wildly popular "Cult of Mac" column. Before joining Wired News, he was a senior writer at the legendary Mac magazine Macweek. Kahney has written for numerous publications, including Wired Magazine, Scientific American, Business 2.0, and the Guardian. He owns six computers, all of them Macs.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Techno fetishism 4
Ch. 2 Macs and the counterculture 31
Ch. 3 Worshipping the two Steves 47
Ch. 4 Mac tattoos and haircuts 56
Ch. 5 Trainspotting 68
Ch. 6 Mac evangelism 75
Ch. 7 The Mac Web 84
Ch. 8 Tales of Macworld 96
Ch. 9 Macs in Japan 119
Ch. 10 Macquariums 146
Ch. 11 Fantasy Macs 150
Ch. 12 Hardware mods 172
Ch. 13 Paper Macs 181
Ch. 14 Mac collectors and collectibles 194
Ch. 15 Antique Macs 206
Ch. 16 IPod 234
Ch. 17 What makes Mac fans so loyal? 246

Product Details

ISBN:
9781886411838
Author:
Kahney, Leander
Publisher:
No Starch Press
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Computers
Subject:
Macintosh (computer)
Subject:
Macintosh
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - PCs
Subject:
Computers -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Subject:
Personal Computers-General
Subject:
Mac fanaticism;cult,;macintosh fanatics;obsessions
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / Macintosh
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.86 in 2.42 lb

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Product details 280 pages No Starch Press - English 9781886411838 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Macintosh is more than a computer, it's a way of life. This book is about what it is to be a Macintosh person. It gives insight into the greatest love and loyalties of any product of our era."
"Review" by , "If you want to know what's happening in the Apple underground, talk to Leander Kahney."
"Review" by , "Mac-heads are already a pretty devoted lot, so it's doubtful that [this book] will make 'em any more loyal. But that doesn't mean it's without serious entertainment value. Kahney...includes 500 pictures of the splendid ways the faithful pay their respects."
"Review" by , "This account of Macintosh fanaticism will strike a chord with anyone who's ardently defended (or cursed) an operating system...sure to end up on Quadra-based coffee tables everywhere."
"Review" by , "Brimming with more than 500 color photos, this fun book won't stay on the shelves long."
"Review" by , "The Cult of Mac is sure to warm the heart of your beloved Mac user. It's a fun read."
"Review" by , "[The Cult of Mac] is interspersed with trivia and delightful details, and intriguing photos, and is wrapped up in an entertaining style. This is a coffee table book that only a geek might love — but it's also one lots of people will enjoy reading."
"Synopsis" by , Wired News reporter Kahney surveys the devoted following that has grown up around Macintosh computers — fans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who attend Apple Store openings like they are Grateful Dead shows, and counterculture icons who love the Mac.
"Synopsis" by , There is no product on the planet that enjoys the devotion of a Macintosh computer. Apple's machines have legions of loyal, sometimes demented fans. The Cult of Mac surveys the devoted following that has grown up around Macintosh computers. Like fans of a football team or a rock group, Macintosh fanatics have their own subculture, with clearly defined obsessions, rites, and passages. Famously dedicated to their computers, many Mac fans eat, sleep, and breathe the Macintosh. Fans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who attend Apple Store openings like they are Grateful Dead shows, counterculture icons who love the Mac, people who turn old Macs into aquariums (or bongs), Ellen Fein lookalike contests, erotic fiction featuring Steve Jobs; it's all here. Technology reporter Leander Kahney exposes all sides of Mac fanaticism, from the innocuous to the insane.
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