Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

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"A house of wonders itself. . . . Wonderland inspires grins and well-what-d'ya-knows" -- The New York Times Book Review From the New York Times- bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Farsighted, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. In Wonderland , Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.
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display_description "Explores the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. Play has always been more important than most people realize. In this vivid examination of the power of play and delight, Steven Johnson offers a surprising history of popular entertainment. Roving from medieval kitchens and ancient taverns to casinos and shopping malls, he locates the cutting edge of innovation wherever people are working hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as entertaining as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, musical instruments, exotic meals, gathering places, video games, and magic shows. These wonderlands of amusement did more than just entertain their patrons, Johnson argues. They also directly contributed to economic and social revolutions that transformed the modern world. Johnson makes the compelling case that anyone who wants to know where technology and social trends are headed next should be paying close attention to the way we play. If you're looking for the future, you'll find it wherever people are having the most fun."--Dust jacket.
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title_display Wonderland : how play made the modern world
title_full Wonderland : how play made the modern world / Steven Johnson, Wonderland How Play Made the Modern World
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title_sub How Play Made the Modern World
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