In 1935 German-born Alfred Döblin, writing at the onset of his exile in America, told in his "Fairy Tale about Technology" the story of a Jew who loses his son ("who could sing beautifully") in the confusion of pogroms, revolution, and war of early 20th-century Russia. The old man is given first a gramophone and then a radio, and "with that he could hear things from far, far away, whenever people sang in the entire world, no matter who it was." One day on the radio the man hears again the voice of his long-lost son and tracks him…
You must be a member of SIGCHI, a subscriber to ACM's Digital Library, or an interactions subscriber to read the full text of this article.
GET ACCESSJoin ACM SIGCHI
In addition to all of the professional benefits of being a SIGCHI member, members get full access to interactions online content and receive the print version of the magazine bimonthly.
Subscribe to the ACM Digital Library
Get access to all interactions content online and the entire archive of ACM publications dating back to 1954. (Please check with your institution to see if it already has a subscription.)
Subscribe to interactions
Get full access to interactions online content and receive the print version of the magazine bimonthly.
No Comments Found