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6 Our study used multiple methods to gain a valid perspective on the social role of the pager blackout. It was anchored in a telephone survey of households in the ﬁve-county Greater Los Angeles area, which encompasses the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura. The study began two weeks after the pager blackout, and lasted one full week. 2). In addition, the research team became participant-observers of the blackout, focusing on friends and co-workers with pagers and listening to their experiences.
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Technology was inescapably linked to masculinity. Few could see its potential to challenge a gendered world. Technoscience, especially those aspects to do with the body, was perceived as dangerous, a source of disempowerment for women. The Dialectic of Sex (Firestone 1970) was the only exception to this. This book was a radical demand for a sexual and cultural revolution, based on an ‘enlightened’ use of technology. For Firestone, cybernetics, ‘cybernation’ and ‘artiﬁcial’ reproduction held the key to gender equality.