Sex, Bombs and Burgers
How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology as We Know it
By (author) Peter Nowak
Normal Price: $24.99
Your Price: $22.49 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $6.95 per order
You Save: $2.50! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $1.12 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 7-10 days
Sex, Bombs and Burgers by Peter Nowak
Book DescriptionWar. Fast Food. Pornography. Pervasive in our culture, these three obsessions may seem to represent the worst qualities of humankind. But what have our lust, greed and rage driven us to achieve? Peter Nowak argues that most of the major technological advances of the last sixty years have stemmed from the trio of billion-dollar industries that cater to our basest impulses. From cling film to aerosols, digital cameras to cold medicine and GM foods to Google, many of the gadgets and conveniences we enjoy today can be traced back to either the porn, military or fast food industry. Nowak reveals such unexpected links as: how the inventors of toys like Barbie and the Slinky perfected their creations with military-tech know-how; why 'one giant leap for mankind' brought us better hospital meals and stricter food quality control guidelines; how innovations in the adult-film industry will help us build better robotic limbs. Sex, Bombs and Burgers is a pacy history of the potentially dry world of technology. It is also a chronicle of popular culture, chock-full of surprising 'fancy that?' moments. From cars to high-definition televisions, from website logins to microwave popcorn and slinkies, it reveals how our everyday lives have been shaped - for the most part indirectly - by war, porn and fast food.
Buy Sex, Bombs and Burgers book by Peter Nowak from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9781742377339
Classification: Cultural studies , Impact of science & technology on society
Format: Paperback (198mm x 128mm x mm)
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2011
Country of Publication: Australia
Customers who bought this also bought...
You might also like...
Sounds by John Mowitt
A study of sounds that aims to write the resonance and response they call for. It seeks to critique existing models in the field of sound studies and draw attention to sound as an object of study that solicits a humanistic approach encompassing many types of sounds, not just readily classified examples such as speech, music, or codified signals.
Keep it Fake by Eric G. Wilson
In Eric G. Wilson's new book, part memoir, part cultural analysis, Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life, he draws on neuroscience, psychology, sociology, philosophy, art, film, literature, and his own life to explore the possibility that there's no such thing as unwavering reality.
Wind in the Bamboo by Edith Mirante
A groundbreaking study of a little known and often neglected Asian indigenous culture.
Homesickness by Carlos Rojas» View more books like these...
Carlos Rojas focuses on the trope of "homesickness" in China--discomfort caused not by a longing for home but by excessive proximity to it. This inverse homesickness marks a process of movement away from the home, conceived of as spaces associated with the nation, family, and individual body, and gives rise to the possibility of long-term health.
Books By Author Peter Nowak
Sex, Bombs, and Burgers, Hardback (December 2011)
"First published in Canada in 2010 by Viking Canada"--T.p. verso.
Sex, Bombs and Burgers, Paperback (June 2011)» View all books by Peter Nowak
A fascinating examination of how much of modern life can be directly traced to one of three dubious aspects of human activity, raising the disturbing question of where we would be, technologically speaking, without our basest desires.
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Sex, Bombs and Burgers book by Peter Nowak and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Author Biography - Peter Nowak
Peter Nowak writes about technology for various media outlets around the world and is currently the senior science and technology reporter for CBC News Online. His writing has appeared in many of the world's top newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The South China Morning Post and The Boston Globe. He has also interviewed technology giants including Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Virgin Group chairman Sir Richard Branson and the inventor of the Internet, Vinton Cerf. Nowak has worked in New Zealand and still has strong professional ties there. In 2006 the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand named him the technology journalist of the year. According to Tim Murphy, editor in chief, of The New Zealand Herald, 'Peter Nowak is a journalist's journalist - quick, sceptical, brave, exacting and hungry for answers.'
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
© 2003-2015. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.