8-2 | From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play

Book Review

From Playgrounds to PlayStation: The Interaction of Technology and Play

Carroll Pursell
Baltimore: MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. Notes, suggestions for further reading, index, and images. 200 pp. $28.95 paper. ISBN: 9781421416502

by Howard P. Chudacoff

First Paragraph:

Imagine some friends are sitting around and trying to make up the most outrageous extreme sport. What would it be? Full-contact golf? Synchronized bowling? Extreme ironing? Wait, that last one is real! It consists of people taking ironing boards to remote locations and ironing items of clothing. Originating in 1997, the sport, as one of its progenitors explains, “combines the thrill of extreme sport with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt” (p. 136).