The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World

The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World

by Richard Faulk, Ramsey Beyer

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We are always hearing about the Next Big Thing. Whether it is a new iPhone or the New World, the freshest and newest inventions, discoveries, and fads always loom large in the public mind. The impact that everyone thinks these "next big things" will have is often more important than the actual impact it generates. After all, if it fails, it will be almost immediately forgotten. The Next Big Thing searches through 3,000 years of Western culture to find the colorful and key steps (and missteps) that led us to where we are today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541582118
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Faulk is the author of Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide to All Things Gross. Faulk has also written music reviews and profiles for the Silicon Valley Metro and Content magazine, contributed to The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, and lectured at Observatory in Brooklyn, New York.

Ramsey Beyer is a comic artist and freelance illustrator living in Philadelphia. She is the author and illustrator of two autobiographical graphic novels, Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year, and Year One. Beyer has also been published in several books, including Fanzines by Teal Triggs, Make a Zine!, and Don't Leave Your Friends Behind.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Alcohol 9

The Chariat 14

Philosophy 20

Religion as Personal Faith 24

The Flying Buttress 30

Single-Point Perspective 33

The Movable Type Printing Press 40

The Divine Right of Kings 44

Mognetic Philosophy 48

The Great Masculine Renunciation 56

Scientific Racism 60

The Kodal Camera 68

Freudianism 73

Plastics 79

The Dance Craze 87

The Teenager 93

Rock 'n' Roll 102

3-D Movies 108

TV Dinners 112

The Pill 120

Synthetic Food 128

Easy Listening 136

The Midlife Crisis 142

Irony 148

TV Console Games 154

Metrication 161

The Boom Box 167

The Walkman 171

Prozac 177

The End of History? 182

NC-17 186

Smart Drinks 191

Molecular Gastronomy 194

9/11 and the End of Irony 199

The Segway 202

Apple iPhone 207

The Microbiome 212

Bibligraphy 218

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