Bruno Preisendörfer

The Transformation of Things. A Journey Through Time from 1950 to Tomorrow

Die Verwandlung der Dinge

The Transformation of Things. A Journey Through Time from 1950 to Tomorrow

Your first CD is as unforgettable as your first kiss: the philosophy of everyday objects

In 1963, when the author set off to school for the first time, a rag to clean his slate dangling from his backpack, calculations were still done using a pencil and slide rule and everyone listened to music on the radio or LPs. Only 14 percent of the West German population had a telephone – and the author’s family was not among them, nor did they have a television at home or even a typewriter. Today, almost every member of the average family over the age of 12 owns a cell phone or tablet that can be used to make phone calls, take photographs, write, google, chat, stream and e-mail. Preisendörfer reviews the rapid changes his personal every-day life has undergone in just a few decades – sometimes with a touch of nostalgia and sometimes with wonder, but always with curiosity and the awareness that, before too long, every future will also have its past.

With a sharp eye and stylistic finesse, the author also takes a closer look at what effect the respective cultural technologies have on their users and their social environment. Life is different when the whole family gathers together in front of the television set than when each person has a tablet; listening to music on LPs is not the same as streaming it; and when everyone has a cell phone, there’s no more bitter arguing about who gets to use the only phone.


Cultural History

Galiani-Berlin

ISBN: 978-3-86971-166-9
release: 08. March 2018
272 pages, gebunden mit SU
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Price

Germany
20,00 €
Switzerland
0,00 sFr
Austria
20,60 €

About the Author

Bruno Preisendörfer is a freelance journalist and writer who has published numerous books including Die letzte Zigarette and Der waghalsige Reisende. Johann Gottfried Seume und das ungeschützte Leben. His two most recent books, Als Deutschland noch nicht Deutschland war. Reise in die Goethezeit („Before Germany was Germany. A Journey to the Age of Goethe“) and Als unser Deutsch erfunden wurde. Reise in die Lutherzeit („When Our German Was Invented. A Journey Back to the Age of Luther”) were SPIEGEL bestsellers.

Further titles by the author:
Der waghalsige Reisende (The Audacious Traveler. Johann Gottfried Seume and the Unguarded Life)
Als Deutschland noch nicht Deutschland war (Before Germany was Germany. A Journey to the Age of Goethe)
Als unser Deutsch erfunden wurde (When Our German Was Invented. A Journey Back to the Age of Luther)