At Home With Computers (Materializing Culture Series)
Elaine LallyISBN: 1859735614;
New Technologies are profoundly reshaping the world around us. Home computers? unheard of two decades ago?now play an intimate role as personal possessions in many people's lives. They can represent, work, play, relaxation or a means of socializing. This book is the first sustained examination of the revealing role computers play in our domestic lives. Do computers cause or help to resolve arguments? What role does gender play in negotiating their use? Who spends the most time with the computer? How does the importance of home computers change as we move from childhood, through careers to retirement? Drawing upon topical theories from material culture, technology and consumption studies, Lally traces the social life of these machines and provides unique insights into the many different ways in which they are transformed into highly personal possessions. The result is an absorbing account of everyday life in the information age.
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