A brightly coloured Plastic toy phone with a happy smiling face and real telephone features. You can pull it along by its string and its eyes move.
Where and how is it used?
Used by anyone in play, hours of fun having imaginary conversations with all sorts of people. A Great item as long as your not hoping to actually speak to someone on the phone
What did you or someone else pay for it?
£1.25 charity shop
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
Because it reminds me of my childhood
Because I like to support charity shops
I like a culture of reuse and recycle
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Mattel for fisher price
Who was paid to make it?
Probably some people in a factory in China
What skills does it take to make it?
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
I don't know probably not much
What is it made from?
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Fisher price? Or maybe individual shops? Then the charity shop ?
Who or what assesses its quality?
Trading standards? Some sort of factory quality control?
Where is it sold?
All over the world
Who or what sells it?
Fisher price to shops, Shops to us, charity shops to us
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
Probably on an aeroplane or shipping container. Then from whoever bought it who then put it in a charity shop
Where is it used?
Where is it kept?
It sits on my stairs
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
Where will it go when it's finished with?
I will pass it on to someone who will appreciate it like I do
What is it worth?
How do you and others value this commodity?
See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.
|Total times valued||1|
|Controversy||25.5 (0 = most controversial)|
What do these numbers mean?
This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.
Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?
Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.
(Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)
The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.
Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
(Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued
Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.
How do you value this commodity?To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
Questions and answers
Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.
There are no questions.