"Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate": A Cultural History of the Punch Card

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"Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate": A Cultural History of the Punch Card
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Lubar, Steven (Author)
Date Created
1992-01-01
Abstract
One aspect of the era of the punch card invaded the national subconscious to leave an ironic cultural legacy. The punch card era survives in the phrase "do not fold, spindle, or mutilate." The phrase and the feelings it represents have outlasted the technology, not to mention the billions of cards on which it was printed. Culture changes more slowly than technology. Symbols outlast machines. The signified slides under the signifier.
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punch cards

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Lubar, Steven, "'Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate': A Cultural History of the Punch Card" (1992). Research at Brown. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:788264/

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