P. Atkinson, Computer
Reaktion Books (Objekt series), 2010.
256 pages, 143 illustrations, 52 in colour
The computer has in many respects become so common that it largely disappears from view. Originally a room-sized, esoteric, carefully-tended machine, breeding fear, awe and respect, over the years it has decreased in size, and become a prosaic appliance little-more noted than a toaster or vacuum-cleaner. Computer shows how changes in attitudes have been reflected in the physical design of the computer, and the ways in which the computer has been represented and promoted in advertising.
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