Petra Rehling is a German sinologist, freelance journalist, artist, and independent scholar. Until recently she has worked as Associate Professor in an English Department at a Taiwanese university. Her main research is in popular culture, especially film, media and cultural studies. She has spent extended time periods for her research in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and her publications include a German book on Hong Kong cinema (2005), articles on Wong Kar-wai, science fiction, wuxia, cyberculture, and the Harry Potter phenomenon. She publishes both in English and in German.
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Gadget Culture and the Pursuit of Happiness
by Petra Rehling
The late Steve Jobs has become a figurehead of our modern “gadget culture.” His ubiquitous “iThings” have bestowed meaning to our boring lives and profane identities and redefined the world for us. In an era of intense discomfort, iThings, Lolcats and accidental Internet celebrities like Matt Harding guide us through our lives and have taken on a central role in our daily pursuit of happiness.
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