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The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence

Edited by: Mark J. P. Wolf

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138216266
eBook ISBN: 9781315442686
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315442686
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While so many books on technology look at new advances and digital technologies, The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence looks back at analog technologies that are disappearing, considering their demise and what it says about media history, pop culture, and the nature of nostalgia. From card catalogs and typewriters to stock tickers and cathode ray tubes, contributors examine the legacy of analog technologies, including those, like vinyl records, that may be experiencing a resurgency. Each essay includes a brief history of the technology leading up to its peak, an analysis of the reasons for its decline, and a discussion of its influence on newer technologies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Paper Slips Download PDF
Chapter  2:  From Hero to Zero Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The History of Punched Cards Download PDF
Chapter  4:  A History of the Electrical Signal Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Typewriter Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Lure of the Ticker Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Overhead Projector Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Flammable Workhorse Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Farewell to the Phosphorescent Glow Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Moviola and Other Analog Film Editing Machines Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Analog Audio Synthesis Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Armchair Harmonics Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Standardized Film Leaders Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Vinyl, Vinyl Everywhere Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Hollywood in a Box Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Projecting Play Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Parakeets, Morse Code, The ROAR of the Crowd Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Illuminating Obsolescence Download PDF
Chapter  21:  “Poor Black Squares” Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Video Game Cartridges Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Digital Data Demise Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Laserdiscs Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Perfect Sound Forever? Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Hello Again Download PDF
Chapter  27:  HD DVD Technologies Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Appendix Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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