Fetishized Tech

Consumers have turned the forms of devices and tech into commodities

Implications - The stated purpose of most technology is to serve some sort of function (like accessing the internet or communicating an idea.) However, modern consumer obsession with technology has shifted to the point where the items themselves hold value as commodities and symbols. Savvy businesses can thus uncover ways to sell technology qua technology through presentation and aesthetic.
SCORE: 6
This Year and Warm Top 5 Examples: 5,443 Total Clicks Dec 15 - Nov 16
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Retrospective Apple Exhibitions - This Apple Museum Collection is Inspired by Steve Jobs
SCORE: 7.6
V. Hot 3,274 Clicks Pub: Dec 31, 15
Retrospective Apple Exhibitions
This Apple Museum Collection is Inspired by Steve Jobs
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Branded Tech Photography Books - 'Designed by Apple in California' Photographs 20 Years of Products
SCORE: 6.4
This Year and Hot 786 Clicks Pub: Nov 15, 16
Branded Tech Photography Books
'Designed by Apple in California' Photographs 20 Years of Products
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High-End Headphone Charging Stands - Twelve South's 'Fermata' Both Charges and Displays Headphones
SCORE: 6.2
This Year and Warm 878 Clicks Pub: Nov 3, 16
High-End Headphone Charging Stands
Twelve South's 'Fermata' Both Charges and Displays Headphones
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Historic Computer Auctions - The Iconic Tekserve Store is Selling Off Its Prized Old Apple Computers
SCORE: 3.8
This Year and Mild 235 Clicks Pub: Aug 18, 16
Historic Computer Auctions
The Iconic Tekserve Store is Selling Off Its Prized Old Apple Computers
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Enshrined Emoji Art - MoMA Has Added Shigetaka Kurita's Original Emojis to Its Permanent Collection
SCORE: 4.5
This Year and Mild 270 Clicks Pub: Oct 27, 16
Enshrined Emoji Art
MoMA Has Added Shigetaka Kurita's Original Emojis to Its Permanent Collection
Today, emojis are so ingrained in digital language that it’s easy to forget how revolutionary they are as a concept, but MoMA is keeping the historical significance of emojis relevant by... [More]
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