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the culture of consumption had its start well before large corporations, but in the late nineteenth/early 20th century leisure became increasingly commercialized
these are examples of how society shapes technology

one of the things that technology made possible was popular culture

change in culture:

"The sober conservation of energy no longer seemed necessary in a world where the power supply seemed unlimited." p. 164


Consumer goods were increasingly important ways that people defined themselves

What values and trends shape technology

The automobile transformed the city

some saw the Great Depression as a sign that technology allowed more goods to be produced that people could consume, but that isn't the way it has worked out