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“Frank Lloyd Oop”: microserfs, modern migration, and the architecture of the nineties

Thompson, Graham

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Graham Thompson



Abstract

If the early development of the computing industry in America was marked by a preoccupation with hardware, as companies like UNIVAC, DEC, and IBM filled the nation’s corporate and government offices with mainframes, then a similar pre­occupation has so far marked the response of cultural criticism to contemporary technology. For Michael Menser and Stanley Aronowitz, American technoculture is founded on the way that hardware permeates all sections of society: “The Amish have their wagons and farm equipment, the hippies their Volkswagen buses. The rap DJ has his or her turntable … the cyberpunk has a computer complete with modem” (10). Even in a recent article about the interaction between people and computers, Kevin J. Porter treats the computer, without exception, as a piece of machinery (43-83). Software – the medium through which human-computer inter­action takes place – is nowhere to be found in either of these accounts.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Canadian Review of American Studies
Print ISSN 0007-7720
Electronic ISSN 1710-114X
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Thompson, G. (in press). “Frank Lloyd Oop”: microserfs, modern migration, and the architecture of the nineties. Canadian Review of American Studies, 31(3), doi:10.3138/CRAS-s031-03-02
DOI https://doi.org/10.3138/CRAS-s031-03-02
Publisher URL http://www.utpjournals.press/doi/10.3138/CRAS-s031-03-02
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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