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Remote Control
Author: Caetlin Anne Benson-Allott

ISBN: 9781623563110
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1 March 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 12.3 x 2.2
Description:
A material, literary, and cultural exploration of how the remote control, a seemingly innocuous media accessory, impacts our perception and world-view.

While we all use remote controls, we understand little about their history or their impact on our daily lives. By emphasizing volume control, channel shifting, and multi-function management, they tell a story about our experience of mass media, culture, and domestic life. Remote controls reveal the deep impact electronics design has on our self-perception and world-view.

This book offers lively analyses of the remote control's material, literary, and cultural history to explain how such an innocuous media accessory can change the way we occupy our houses, interact with our families, and experience the world. From the first wired radio remotes of the 1920s to infrared universal remotes, from the homemade TV controllers to the Apple Remote, remote controls shape our media devices and how we live with them.

About the Author

Caetlin Benson-Allott is Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown Univers...

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