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While talking about revolutionizing technology in the late 18th and early 19th century, people overemphasize technologies that connect distances such as steam engines, telegraphs, telephones and automobiles. Technologies that marked radical shifts in human experience (for the better or worse) such as photographs, recording, packaging, movies, or sweets are overlooked. This book review critically examines the facts and opinions of two books and gives some fine examples of how such seemingly mundane technological changes led to cultural changes.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/designs-living_823366.html?nopager=1

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