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Made To Break : Technology and Obsolescence in America (06 Edition)

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If you've replaced a computer lately--or a cell phone, a camera, a television--chances are, the old one still worked. And chances are even greater that the latest model won't last as long as the one it replaced. Welcome to the world of planned obsolescence--a business model, a way of life, and a uniquely American invention that this eye-opening book explores from its beginnings to its perilous implications for the very near future.

Made to Break is a history of twentieth-century technology as seen through the prism of obsolescence. America invented everything that is now disposable, Giles Slade tells us, and he explains how disposability was in fact a necessary condition for America's rejection of tradition and our acceptance of change and impermanence. His book shows us the ideas behind obsolescence at work in such American milestones as the inventions of branding, packaging, and advertising; the contest for market dominance between GM and Ford; the struggle for a national communications network, the development of electronic technologies--and with it the avalanche of electronic consumer waste that will overwhelm America's landfills and poison its water within the coming decade.

History reserves a privileged place for those societies that built things to last--forever, if possible. What place will it hold for a society addicted to consumption--a whole culture made to break? 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 as well.

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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 as well.

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Gold Medal, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Environment/Ecology/Nature Category

About the Author

Giles Slade is an independent scholar and freelance writer.

Table of 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674025721
Subtitle:
Technology and Obsolescence in America
Author:
Slade, Giles
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Aspects
Subject:
Engineering -- History.
Subject:
Science -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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 as well.
"Synopsis" by , Gold Medal, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Environment/Ecology/Nature Category
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