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Holograms: A Cultural History

Sean F. Johnston


Holograms have been in the public eye for over a half-century, but their influences have deeper cultural roots. No other visual experience is quite like interacting with holograms; no other cultural product melds the technological sublime with magic and optimism in quite the same way. As holograms have evolved, they have left their audiences alternately fascinated, bemused, inspired or indifferent. From expressions of high science to countercultural art to consumer security, holograms have represented modernity, magic and materialism. Their most pervasive impact has been to galvanize hopeful t ... More

Keywords: cultural history, history of science, popular culture, visual studies, optics, visual media, holograms, modernity, twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean F. Johnston, author
Professor of Science, Technology and Society, University of Glasgow, UK