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 americas 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 . Made to break technology and obsolescence in america is a fascinating vexing even enraging history of our throw away ethic drawing on a wealth of rarely consulted primary sources and writing with lucidity and vigor slade documents the creation of consumer culture and the engineering of obsolescenceinformative and entertaining slade . 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 americas rejection of tradition and our acceptance of change and impermanence. Made to break technology and obsolescence in america details the beginnings of our consumerist society our over consumption our greed our near sightedness although written specifically about america with good reason the same effects can be seen in any other western country and most others as well. Giles slade a canadian born freelance writer and journalist closes his introductory remarks for made to break technology and obsolescence in america with a question of cultural legacy if human history reserves a privileged place for the egyptians because of their rich conception of the afterlife what place will it reserve for a people who in their seeming worship of convenience and
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