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The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence


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Preface Mark J. P. Wolf Acknowledgments Paper Slips: The Long Reign of the Index Card and Card Catalog Peter Krapp From Hero to Zero: The Rise and Fall of the Slide Rule as the Calculating Tool of Choice Peter M. Hopp The History of Punched Cards - Using Paper to Store Information Robert S. Wahl A History of the Electrical Signal: From the Atlantic Telegraph Cable to the Quest for Artificial Intelligence David Hochfelder The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Typewriter Richard Polt The Lure of the Ticker Braxton Soderman The Overhead Projector: Visuality and Materiality Josh Zimmerman, Judd Ethan Ruggill, and Ken S. McAllister Flammable Workhorse: A History of Nitrate Film from the Screen to the Vault Amanda McQueen Farewell to the Phosphorescent Glow: The Long Life of the Cathode-Ray Tube Mark J. P. Wolf The Moviola and Other Analog Film Editing Machines Lori Landay Analog Audio Synthesis: Oscillations, Traces, and Trajectories Peer D. Bode Armchair Harmonics: Radio Remote Controls and the Historical Persistence of Push-Buttons Brent Strang Standardized Film Leaders Matt Soar Vinyl, Vinyl Everywhere: The Analogue Record in the Digital World Richard Osborne Don't Take My Kodachrome Away: The Rise, Fall, and Digital Rebirth of Kodachrome Film M. M. Chandler Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture: The Rise and Fall of an Analog Social Medium Sheila C. Murphy Hollywood in a Box: Time-shifting, Rental, and Videocassettes Joshua Greenberg Projecting Play: The Give-A-Show Projector and Children's Audiovisual Media Toys of the Mid-20th Century Meredith A. Bak Parakeets, Morse Code, The Roar of the Crowd: The Fading Signal Of The Modem Anne C. Deger Illuminating Obsolescence: Eastman Kodak's Carousel Slide Projector & The Work of Ending Paige Sarlin "Poor Black Squares": Afterimages of the Floppy Disk Matthew Kirschenbaum Video Game Cartridges: The History of Durable, Removable, and Portable Software Michael Thomasson Digital Data Demise - Obsolete Digital Data Formats Gary Locklair Laserdiscs - On the Way to a Digital Video Future Stephen Mamber Perfect Sound Forever? How the Compact Disc Sowed the Seeds of Its Own Demise Jason Curtis Hello Again: An Untimely Requiem for the Flip Phone Paul Benzon HD DVD Technologies John Reid Perkins-Buzo Appendix: Timeline of Technological Obsolescence Mark J. P. Wolf

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Mark J. P. Wolf is Professor in the Communication Department at Concordia University Wisconsin. His books include Abstracting Reality: Art, Communication, and Cognition in the Digital Age (2000), The Medium of the Video Game (2001), Virtual Morality: Morals, Ethics, and New Media (2003), The Video Game Theory Reader (2003), The Video Game Explosion: A History from PONG to PlayStation and Beyond (2007), The Video Game Theory Reader 2 (2008), Myst & Riven: The World of the D'ni (2011), Before the Crash: An Anthology of Early Video Game History (2012), the two-volume Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming (2012), Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation (2012), The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies (2014), LEGO Studies: Examining the Building Blocks of a Transmedial Phenomenon (2014), Video Games Around the World (2015), the four-volume Video Games and Gaming Culture (2016), Revisiting Imaginary Worlds: A Subcreation Studies Anthology (2016), Video Games FAQ (2017), The World of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (2017), and The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds (2018).

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