Princeton University Library Catalog

Wonderland : how play made the modern world / Steven Johnson.

Author:
Johnson, Steven, 1968- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
322 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"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.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-306) and index.
Contents:
Fashion and shopping -- Music -- Taste -- Illusion -- Games -- Public space.
Subject(s):
AmusementsHistory [Browse]
Form/​Genre:
History.
ISBN:
  • 9780399184482 ((hardback))
  • 0399184481 ((hardback))
  • ((international))
LCCN:
2016035344
OCLC:
956633933
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