Big, Beautiful, and Retro

Odds are, if you’re reading this, you’re at least somewhat familiar with reasonably modern technology. The many of you who will read this via RSS feed, or on a Blackberry, iPhone, or PDA, are probably a bit more cutting-edge. Still, if you, like me, are able to appreciate the technology of yesteryear, you might enjoy a four-part series recently aired on BBC radio, called “It’s Big and It’s Beautiful: the Rise of Retro-Tech”. Each of the bits is a roughly fifteen-minute reflection on old, obsolete, or “redundant” technology, and their places in history and society. If that sounds like something up your alley, why not have a listen?

Part one is here, about old technology and those who collect and preserve it; part two is here, about the social and philosophical implications of luddites; part three here, about “retro” as an aesthetic force; and part four right here, about the technological isolation of Cuba, and whether technological “progress” really is. Each is around fifteen minutes long, and an MP3 around fifteen megabytes in size. Stream or download; listen; enjoy!

Published in: Geekiness, General, History | on September 15th, 2008| Comments Off on Big, Beautiful, and Retro

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