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Electric Dreams Computers in American Culture

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ISBN-10: 0814727409

ISBN-13: 9780814727409

Edition: 2005

Authors: Ted Friedman

List price: $32.00
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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…    
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 275
Size: 5.87" wide x 8.82" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction : the dialectic of technological determinism
Charles Babbage and the politics of computer memory
Ideologies of information processing : from analog to digital
Filming the "electronic brain"
The many creators of the personal computer
Apple's 1984
The rise of the simulation game
Imagining cyberspace
Dot-com politics
Beyond Napster
Linux and utopia
Conclusion : cybertopia today