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Michael Palm’s teaching focuses on the history of everyday technology and the politics and economics of popular culture. He’s writing a book about the contemporary economy for vinyl records. Informed by research visits to pressing plants and (lots) of record stores, the book connects vinyl’s niche popularity to issues including ecological sustainability, gentrification, and independent cultural production in a digital media landscape. Palm’s book Technologies of Consumer Labor: A History of Self-Service (Routledge, 2017) documents and analyzes the history of telephone interface—from the rotary dial to the keypad to the touch screen—as self-service technology.

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