Chapter 2.2

Commodore Amiga (1985)

History

In his famous book Primitive Culture, anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Tylor spends a great deal of time talking about fetishes. To classify something as a fetish, Tylor says we need an “explicit statement that a spirit is considered as embodied in it, or acting through it, or communicating by it, or at least that the people it belongs to habitually think it does.” Furthermore, “The object is treated as having personal consciousness and power, is talked with, worshipped, prayed to, sacrificed to, petted, or ill-treated with reference to its past or future behavior to its votaries.” Undoubtedly, there are many former Amiga owners reading this chapter who, with the possible exception of praying, can attest ...

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