Technology in Postwar America

Technology in Postwar America

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qPursell begins with the events of World War II and the increasing belief that technological progress and the science that supported it held the key to a stronger, richer, and happier America. He looks at the effect of returning American servicemen and servicewomen and the Marshall Plan, which sought to integrate Western Europe into America's economic, business, and technological structure. He considers the accumulating qproblemsq associated with American technological supremacy, which, by the end of the 1960s, led to a crisis of confidence.q qPursell concludes with an analysis of how consumer technologies create a cultural understanding that makes political technologies acceptable and even seem inevitable, while those same political technologies provide both form and content for the technologies found at home and at work. By understanding this history, Pursell hopes to advance a better understanding of the postwar American self.q--BOOK JACKET.Personal Computers The burgeoning hacker culture among young students and engineers found its most important expression not in games, but ... The Times story warned however, that a€œnot everyone who can afford one should run out to buy a home computer. ... 35 The Computer Terminal Corporation of San Antonio, Texas hired Frassanito in 1969 to design a a€œsmarta€ machine that would have its ownanbsp;...

Title:Technology in Postwar America
Author:Carroll Pursell
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-06-19


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