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Development

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

The Museum of Fetishes

  • Larry Lohmann
  • Nicholas HildyardEmail author
Dialogue Section
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Energy Alternatives Technology Desertec Fusion Technoporn World’s fair 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This article was first published by The Corner House (www.thecornerhouse.org.uk) in 2013 and is reprinted here with permission.

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© Society for International Development 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Corner HouseDorsetUK

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