Love plastic!

Looks like a lot of fun!

KEYNOTE LECTURE BY JEFFREY MEIKLE
RETHINKING EARLY PLASTICS: THE RHETORIC OF BAKELITE AS A NEW MATERIAL.
Jeffrey L. Meikle is the Stiles Professor in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His book American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995) was awarded the Dexter Prize by the Society for the History of Technology. Most of his research and writing examines the larger cultural significance of insignificant material and visual artifacts that have often gone unexamined. His current research project marks a departure: an investigation of so-called “neo-Beats”: writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, and musicians whose works have been inspired by or have appropriated themes and methods from the original Beat writers of the 1950s and 1960s.

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10 Responses to Love plastic!

  1. Cassie of Sydney

    I collect bakelite jewellery.

  2. stackja

    “All Things Bakelite”

    I remember. A Bakelite radio. A Bakelite teapot.

  3. Peter Campion

    Praise be upon the long-chain polymers.

  4. Leo G

    Bakelite products generally had 5% brown asbestos fibre.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    His book American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995) was awarded the Dexter Prize by the Society for the History of Technology.

    It’s a wonder he hasn’t been burned at the stake by the Left for crimes against Gaia.
    Oh well, give it time.

  6. Critical Mass

    To make the lecture more relevant and culturally appropriate, it should be recast as a first person narrative:

    “RETHINKING POLYMERS: THE RHETORIC OF MOLECULE SELF-IDENTIFICATION: How I transitioned from Bakelite to Plastic”.

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    My first house had all bakelite light switches and power points,many broken and dangerous ,first thing I did was to replace the lot with new white plastic ones . When I was a kid many radios were bakelite it was a wonder substance of the q930s I think . Todays plastics are great, so versatile you can even cook cakes in the oven with silicone containers old people would call silicone plastic.

  8. Rafe Champion

    The plastic revolution may not be up there with steel but it has impacted our lives almost as pervasively. The wonder substance of the 30s indeed.

  9. Dr Fred Lenin

    Rafe they had power points and light switches before bakelite they were ceramics with brass covers. Might still be a few about modernised of course. But doubt there would be too many bakelites too fragile and brittle with age , still they served their purpose .

  10. Nob

    The War on Plastic hadn’t started then.

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