Latour, Luis (2003) Constructing tomorrow on the kitchen table : cultural imperatives in computer hobbyist publications (1975-1980). Masters thesis, Concordia University.
This thesis explores this shift by examining several nation-wide computer hobbyist magazines that charted this change in popular imagery. A close analysis of Byte, Creative Computing and Dr Dobbs Journal of tinyBASIC calisthenics and orthodontia ( running light without overbyte ) also reveals a cultural worldview that was heavily influenced by Science Fiction. The promise of a future fully integrated with technology, which was a recurring theme in novels and the television series, Star Trek , very clearly motivated the computer hobbyists to pursue experiments with the construction of homebrewed computer systems. This thesis also challenges the popular image of the early computer 'nerd' as an awkward teenage 'geek' with too much time on his hands. Instead, the readership of Byte offers a different picture of the computer enthusiast as a white, middle-class male engineer in his mid-thirties with large amounts of disposable income. Finally, this thesis analyses the construction of a community of computer aficionados throughout the United States, particularly through the hobbyist's development of a prestige value-system attached to hardware and software projects.
|Divisions:||Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History|
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Pagination:||v, 155 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.|
|Degree Name:||Theses (M.A.)|
|Thesis Supervisor(s):||Carr, Graham|
|Deposited By:||Concordia University Libraries|
|Deposited On:||27 Aug 2009 13:24|
|Last Modified:||08 Dec 2010 10:23|
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