Consuming Technologies: Media and Information in Domestic Spaces

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Roger Silverstone, Eric Hirsch
Routledge, 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 241 pages
Consuming Technologies opens for analysis some crucial but rarely examined areas of social, cultural and economic life. At its core is a concern with the complex set of relationships that mark and define the place of the domestic in the modern world, and an explanation of the relationship between the domestic and public spheres as they are mediated by consumption and technology. Debate over the commodification and privatization of everyday life has been preoccupied with the impact of technological change on established social structures and cultural values. Yet much of the discussion has lacked any substantive empirical work on the understanding of modern industrial society: on the nature of consumption, and the contradictory significance of the domestic sphere. The contributors address these questions with a series of essays suggesting that in essence, information and communication technologies require us to see them as social and symbolic as well as material objects, crucially embedded in the structures and dynamics of our consumer culture. The author has also published Message of Television.

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About the author (1994)

Roger Silverstone was formerly Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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