The days of our lives are like pages out of a newspaper, sprinkled with glory, tragedy and enigma, but when these pages are assembled together, they become the journal of our times and existence. It is this story that is told in how in just fifty years, Western culture has gone from culture to techno-culture-from the swinging sixties to rap, encyclopedia to Wikipedia, slide rule to supercomputer. We're too busy scrolling through social media to flip through the newspaper, and too invested in hashtags to ponder how people even spent their time before Twitter. As our attention spans are dwindling, we seem to know a little about a lot of subjects, but with no deep knowledge of any, perhaps due to the modern phenomena of "time poverty."
Like other members of the baby boomer generation, Joseph Gulesserian has seen these changes appear like magic before his eyes. Since his days of delivering newspapers in the late sixties and early seventies, he hasn't just witnessed the slow demise of the print medium-but the plethora of amazing technological inventions that has turned us into a culture reminiscent of science fiction.
In Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, Gulesserian combines personal essays and historical insights for an enlightening look at how we got here and the earlier inventions that paved the way for current cutting-edge technologies. While exploring pop culture trends, unexpected impacts, and memorable moments in time, this collection of thought-provoking and humorous reflections paints a fascinating picture of the changes half a century can bring-and its implications for what could be just around the corner.
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About the Author
Joseph Gulesserian came of age during the seventies, and was exposed to many changing technologies with a career that has ranged from metallurgic to manufacturing, from business equipment to information technology, and brand creation.
After earning his MBA, he taught Corporate Finance, Marketing and Statistics as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges, and in 2000 established a Toronto-based company that designs and produces health and beauty brands for both domestic and international markets.
Currently, Gulesserian lives in Toronto with his wife.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The world has changed a lot in the last 50 years. Think about all the changes that you can think of right now? From land-lines to cell phones, cell phones have shrunk in size. We went from looking things up in a library to Googling everything, and looking in Encyclopedias to using Wikipedia for everything. This book covers these changes in a way that the author is familiar with--a newspaper. When I first heard about this book I was intrigued. It sounded like an interesting re-telling of history from a different point of view. That's pretty much what it was and I definitely enjoyed it. The author uses a unique way of telling the story that makes it feel interesting and different even though people know a lot of the details within the book. It's nice to see a book that is a historical text - but is easy to read like this way. Sometimes history texts can be boring and incredibly dry. This book wasn't like that, which was super nice and an incredible change of pace. Gulesserian may take some liberties (some of the stories could have some things added to them and I wouldn't know) because they are written in essay form. But, overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it, especially if you're into technology and history.