Technostalgia for the Cassette Tape

Alessia Andreotti
July 19th 2013

Seattle designer Jeff Skierka might suffer from technostalgia, since he was inspired by the good old days to reinvent the obsolete audio tape in the shape of a coffee table. Handmade from reclaimed maple wood on a 12:1 scale, the table is reversible, just like a real cassette tape.

This peculiar piece of furniture is a good example of technostalgia, wherein we idolize old-fashioned technologies in response to what feels like an overwhelming rate of technological change. In technostalgia, we recreate our past and give it new meaning in the present.

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Siri Beerends: I really embrace the idea that viruses can teach us a lesson in modesty. It is necessary that our position as the dominant species on the planet is being challenged. I also agree that it is a mistake to think that we are becoming Gods. But unfortunately, this is actually what is happening now. Corona doesn’t teach us to be modest, it teaches us how we can -as quickly as possible- go back to business as usual: saving our capitalistic economy.

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