Making the Perfect Record: From Inscription to Impression in Early Magnetic Recording

Certainly Nothing Novel

For prior intersections of thread with standardization and alienated labor, see Babbage (1963, 334) and Plant (1997, 15-16) on computation and Jacquard’s loom. Of course, Marx also wrote about spinning and weaving machines, with an occasional response to Babbage. See Chapter 15, “Machinery and Modern Industry,” Capital (1976, 405-556) and “Division of Labour and Mechanical Workshop. Tool and Machinery” in Collected Works, Vol. 33 (Marx and Engels 1992, 387-477). 

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