The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media

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Overview

How do pervasive digital devices—smartphones, iPods, GPS navigation systems, and cameras, among others—influence the way we use spaces? In The Tuning of Place, Richard Coyne argues that these ubiquitous devices and the networks that support them become the means of making incremental adjustments within spaces—of tuning place. Pervasive media help us formulate a sense of place, writes Coyne, through their capacity to introduce small changes, in the same way that tuning a musical instrument invokes the subtle process of recalibration. Places are inhabited spaces,populated by people, their concerns, memories, stories, conversations, encounters, and artifacts.

The tuning of place—whereby people use their devices in their interactions with one another—is also a tuning of social relations. The range of ubiquity is vast—from the familiar phones and hand-held devices through RFID tags, smart badges, dynamic signage, microprocessors in cars and kitchen appliances, wearable computing, and prosthetics, to devices still in development. Rather than catalog achievements and predictions, Coyne offers a theoretical framework for discussing pervasive media that can inform developers, designers, and users as they contemplate interventions into the environment. Processes of tuning can lead to consideration of themes highly relevant to pervasive computing: intervention, calibration, wedges, habits, rhythm, tags, taps, tactics,thresholds, aggregation, noise, and interference.

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" The Tuning of Place is impressively well documented…Coyne's book provides a valuable interdisciplinary resource for anyone interested in the influence of digital media on social interaction." — CatherineGuastavino, Journal of the American Society for Information Science andTechnology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262013918
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Coyne is Professor and Chair of Architectural Computing, University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age: From Method toMetaphor (1995), Technoromanticism: Digital Narrative, Holism, and the Romance of the Real (2001), and Cornucopia Limited: Design and Dissent on theInternet (2005), all published by the MIT Press.

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