User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers

User Unfriendly Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers We ve all been there Seduced by the sleek designs and smart capabilities of the newest gadgets we end up stumped by their complicated set up instructions and exasperating error messages In this fasci

  • Title: User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers
  • Author: Joseph J. Corn
  • ISBN: 9781421401928
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We ve all been there Seduced by the sleek designs and smart capabilities of the newest gadgets, we end up stumped by their complicated set up instructions and exasperating error messages In this fascinating history, Joseph J Corn maps two centuries of consumer frustration and struggle with personal technologies.Aggravation with the new machines people adopt and live wWe ve all been there Seduced by the sleek designs and smart capabilities of the newest gadgets, we end up stumped by their complicated set up instructions and exasperating error messages In this fascinating history, Joseph J Corn maps two centuries of consumer frustration and struggle with personal technologies.Aggravation with the new machines people adopt and live with is as old as the industrial revolution Clocks, sewing machines, cameras, lawn mowers, bicycles, electric lights, cars, and computers all can empower and exhilarate, but they can also exact a form of servitude Adopters puzzle over which type and model to buy and then how to operate the device, diagnose its troubles, and meet its insatiable appetite for accessories, replacement parts, or upgrades It intrigues Corn that we put up with the frustrations our technology thrusts upon us, battling with the unfamiliar and climbing the steep learning curves It is this ongoing struggle, than the uses to which we ultimately put our machines, that animates this thought provoking study.Having extensively researched owner s manuals, computer user group newsletters, and how to literature, Corn brings a fresh, consumer oriented approach to the history of technology User Unfriendly will be valuable to historians of technology, students of American culture, and anyone interested in our modern dependence on machines and gadgets.

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