A Sound History of Technological Culture

Karin Bijsterveld

in Mechanical Sound

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780262026390
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262268547 | DOI:
A Sound History of Technological Culture

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This chapter examines the history of technological culture and how it is associated with the problem of noise. It tries to find the reason for the noise abatement approach becoming such a prolonged issue. The chapter finds that the noise abatement approach has been prolonged due to assumptions of noise being a part of technological advancements and that innovation has been emphasized more than efforts aimed at regulating or controlling noise. It reports the structure of certain solutions proposed in British, German, and Dutch noise abatement laws. The chapter also highlights some lessons on how to write a history of technological culture and proposes some alternative approaches to noise abatement.

Keywords: technological culture; noise abatement; technological advancements; sound history

Chapter.  9714 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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