Comps readings this week
Downey, G. L. (1998). The machine in me: An anthropologist sits among computer engineers. New York: Routledge.
Ok, first of all, these aren't "computer engineers" these were mechanical and aerospace engineers who were dealing with CAD/CAM programs - either in the work place (finding, selecting, implementing, bitching), or writing them, or learning about them as a senior undergrad or grad students.
Anyway, kind of an interesting book about the illusion of control and the idea that automation would lead to productivity which would increase America's competitiveness (more to it, of course). I learned more about the development of this stuff and also some about former and current computer companies.