"Our domestic life is
of course suffused by technology, and information and communication
technologies are becoming a central component of family and household culture.
Our social relations both inside the home and outside it are sustained by the
publicly generated and privately consumed meanings that they
Silverstone and Hirsch: Consuming Technologies: Media
and Information in Domestic Spaces: 1992
|Technology has progressed in
leaps and bounds since 1900, and the Basildon and Billericay interviews provide
an interesting insight into how and why domestic technology has developed in
the way it has
By using oral history as a descriptive tool the following
pages reveal a selection of fascinating memories which demonstrate the
importance of preserving oral testimony-- which subsequently enables future
generations to learn about the past in the very words spoken by these
"everyday" men and women.
"Without memory, you
would have no knowledge of your own past, and you would find it difficult to
explain the kind of person you are. A society with no knowledge of its past
might be in much the same position. Society needs some knowledge of the past in
order to understand the present."
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Bibliography and Acknowledgements