A thinking machine for everyone: Culture and the personal computer
Hausarbeit von Andreas Möllenkamp
||University of Aberdeen
||Cultural History, PC, personal computer, software, appropriation, social shaping of technology
The design, marketing, use and meaning of the personal computer are the product of struggles of different groups with different interests and concepts of the PC which are closely related to their political, economic, social and cultural context. The relative openness of the PC for various kinds of employment and appropriation make it not only a tool and a toy, but a projective medium of personal and political aspirations. Its general development from a technical hobbyist culture to a mass-produced commodity that still is predominantly Western, white, male and middle-class continues to be contested terrain most prominently between commercial companies and an “open-source” community.