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Packaged Pleasures From The Candy Bar To The Cigarette, Records To Roller Coasters, A Technological Revolution During The Last Quarter Of The Nineteenth Century Precipitated A Colossal Shift In Human Consumption And Sensual Experience Food, Drink, And Many Other Consumer Goods Came To Be Mass Produced, Bottled, Canned, Condensed, And Distilled, Unleashing New And Intensified Surges Of Pleasure, Delight, Thrill And Addiction In Packaged Pleasures, Gary S Cross And Robert N Proctor Delve Into An Uncharted Chapter Of American History, Shedding New Light On The Origins Of Modern Consumer Culture And How Technologies Have Transformed Human Sensory Experience In The Space Of Only A Few Decades, Junk Foods, Cigarettes, Movies, Recorded Sound, And Thrill Rides Brought About A Revolution In What It Means To Taste, Smell, See, Hear, And Touch New Techniques Of Boxing, Labeling, And Tubing Gave Consumers Virtually Unlimited Access To Pleasures They Could Simply Unwrap And Enjoy Manufacturers Generated A Seemingly Endless Stream Of Sugar Filled, High Fat Foods That Were Delicious But Detrimental To Health Mechanically Rolled Cigarettes Entered The Market And Quickly Addicted Millions And Many Other Packaged Pleasures Dulled Or Displaced Natural And Social Delights Yet Many Of These Same New Technologies Also Offered Convenient And Effective Medicines, Unprecedented Opportunities To Enjoy Music And The Visual Arts, And Hygienic, Varied, And Nutritious Food And Drink For Better Or For Worse, Sensation Became Mechanized, Commercialized, And, To A Large Extent, Democratized By Being Made Cheap And Accessible Cross And Proctor Have Delivered An Ingeniously Constructed History Of Consumerism And Consumer Technology That Will Make Us All Rethink Some Of Our Favorite Things.


10 thoughts on “Packaged Pleasures

  1. says:

    This book has a terrific thesis, that the development of consumer culture since the 19th century can be understood as the attempt to produce specific kinds of packaged experiences, both literal as in a Campbell s soup can but also, and importantly, as a kind of mental construct a way of framing material reality and experience as a discrete, portable good I plan to use this concept properly attributed, of course in future work.However, the book is marred by a number of historiographical inconsistencies which I don t have time to get into now, sorry These are less matters of fact than as interpretation Further, I really wish that they had set their story against the background of what it was like to buy goods from a general store or other vendor before the kinds of packaging we are now accustomed to I know some of this story, but I would welcome an informed account and it would have really set off this analysis so nicely.Finally, the authors very often thread the line between social commentary and outright history I know many fellow scholars think all scholarly work should be engaged work, I suppose I am old fashioned than that But I do reserve the right to judge whether a work of any sort succeeds rhetorically that is, as an argument rather than as a collection of facts Although I find mys...


  2. says:

    Surprisingly long, dry book about what I thought would be a interesting topic how use of technology or packaging can influence people s buying behaviors The book is divided into chapters tube shapes, labeling, etc and each chapter has many, seemingly disparate topics in it For example, there is a chapter on tubes, which includes the invention of ...


  3. says:

    This book has some excellent information, and I feel that they authors proved their assertion that the mechanization and commodification of products into our daily lives has fundamentally changed how we consume and seek pleasurable experiences That said, there was some redundancies and sometimes the ov...


  4. says:

    COCC T173.8.C767 2014


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