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- DescriptionSince the late nineteenth century, the sounds of techlogy have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1900s, antiise leagues in Western Europe and North America had formed to fight ise from factories, steam trains, automobiles, and gramophones, with campaigns featuring conferences, exhibitions, and silence weeks. And, as Karin Bijsterveld points out in Mechanical Sound, public discussion of ise has never died down and continues today. In this book, Bijsterveld examines the persistence of ise on the public agenda, looking at four episodes of ise and the public response to it in Europe and the United States between 1875 and 1975: industrial ise, traffic ise, ise from neighborhood radios and gramophones, and aircraft ise. She also looks at a twentieth-century counterpoint to complaints about ise: the celebration of mechanical sound in avant-garde music composed between the two world wars. Bijsterveld argues that the rise of ise from new techlogy combined with overlapping ise regulations created what she calls a paradox of control. Experts and politicians promised to control some ise, but left other ise problems up to citizens. Aircraft ise, for example, measured in formulas understandable only by specialists, was subject to public regulation; the sounds of isy neighborhoods were the responsibility of residents themselves. In addition, Bijsterveld tes, the spatial character of anti-ise interventions that impose zones and draw maps, despite the ability of sound to cross borders and boundaries, has helped keep ise a public problem. We have tried to create islands of silence, she writes, yet we have left a sea of sounds to be fiercely discussed.
- Author BiographyKarin Bijsterveld is Professor of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
- Author(s)Karin Bijsterveld
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication11/07/2008
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleInside Technology
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note24 figures, 2 tables
- Weight703 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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