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Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams - 05 edition

Electric Dreams - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780814727409

ISBN10: 0814727409

Electric Dreams by Ted Friedman - ISBN 9780814727409
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: New York University Press
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Electric Dreams by Ted Friedman - ISBN 9780814727409

ISBN13: 9780814727409

ISBN10: 0814727409

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Electric Dreams is a very solid cultural studies offering smoothly written and largely steering clear of heavy-duty theory making it an almost ideal candidate for undergraduate courses and as an introduction for newcomers to the field. --''Science Fiction Reader'' ''''Electric Dreams'' is at once a synthetic history of the personal computer a history of representations of the computer and a treatise on how to think about computing as a cultural phenomenon. Friedman's original analyses and clear style make the book a pleasure to read.'' --Jonathan Sterne author of ''The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction''This engaging but ultimately unsatisfying book examines the utopian sphere - a public forum in which alternative futures can be imagined and debated - that arose in response to computing innovations ranging from Charles Babbages Difference Engine to web logs --Kenneth Lipartito Florida International University.This book is for anyone who owns or uses a computer. . . . Computers permeate our culture but we have little idea of where they came from and why we use them the way we do. Electric Dreams offers a mirror to our own hopes desires and fears and empowers us as a community to use technology for our own benefit.'' --''M/C Reviews''[T]he general reader will thank Mr. Friedman. --''Studies in American Culture''Electric Dreams turns to the past to trace the cultural history of computers. Ted Friedman charts the struggles to define the meanings of these powerful machines over more than a century from the failure of Charles Babbage's ''difference engine'' in the nineteenth century to contemporary struggles over file swapping open sourcesoftware and the future of online journalism. To reveal the hopes and fears inspired by computers Electric Dreams examines a wide range of texts including films advertisements novels magazines computer games blogs and even operating systems.Electric Dreams argues that the debates over computers are critically important because they are how Americans talk about the future. In a society that in so many ways has given up on imagining anything better than multinational capitalism cyberculture offers room to dream of different kinds of tomorrow.

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