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Author Corn, Joseph J.
Title User unfriendly : consumer struggles with personal technologies, from clocks and sewing machines to cars and computers / Joseph J. Corn.
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
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 Floor4  T173.8 .C685 2011    IN LIBRARY
Description 272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-264) and index.
Contents Our marvelous and maddening machines -- The advent of technology consumption -- Buying an automobile -- Running a car -- Tools, tinkering, and trouble -- Reading the owner's manual -- Computers and the tyranny of technology consumption -- The technology treadmill -- Acknowledgments
Summary "Joseph J. Corn maps two centuries of consumer frustration and struggle with personal technologies. ... 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."--Dust jacket.
Subject Technological innovations -- United States.
Human-machine systems -- Social aspects.
Human-computer interaction.
Consumer satisfaction.
ISBN 9781421401928 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1421401924 (hardcover : alk. paper)
OCLC number 698624799