Object Lessons: Personal Stereo

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OBJECT LESSONS: PERSONAL STEREO
by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow
published by Bloomsbury

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When the Sony Walkman debuted in 1979, people were enthralled by the novel experience it offered: immersion in the music of their choice, anytime, anywhere. But the Walkman was also denounced as self-indulgent and antisocial–the quintessential accessory for the "me" generation.

In Personal Stereo, Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow takes us back to the birth of the device, exploring legal battles over credit for its invention, its ambivalent reception in 1980s America, and its lasting effects on social norms and public space. Ranging from postwar Japan to the present, Tuhus-Dubrow tells an illuminating story about our emotional responses to technological change.

- paperback: 152 pages
- product dimensions: 121 x 165 mm
- ISBN: 9781501322815