, Volume 62, Issue 1–4, pp 103–110 | Cite as

The Museum of Fetishes

  • Larry Lohmann
  • Nicholas HildyardEmail author
Dialogue Section


In the 1950s and 1960s, exhibitions such as the World’s Fair portrayed visions of the future in which technology, driven by boundless human ingenuity, opened up vistas ‘of limitless promise’ in a world seemingly emptied of political and ecological conflict. Today it’s easy to laugh at such portrayals, but many contemporary discussions about ‘energy alternatives’ and similar subjects suffer from the same fetishising of technology.


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This article was first published by The Corner House ( in 2013 and is reprinted here with permission.


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  1. 1.The Corner HouseDorsetUK

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