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026203798X
ISBN-13:
9780262037983
Pub. Date:
12/04/2018
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MIT Press
Critical Theory and Interaction Design

Critical Theory and Interaction Design

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Overview

Classic texts by thinkers from Althusser to Žižek alongside essays by leaders in interaction design and HCI show the relevance of critical theory to interaction design.

Why should interaction designers read critical theory? Critical theory is proving unexpectedly relevant to media and technology studies. The editors of this volume argue that reading critical theory—understood in the broadest sense, including but not limited to the Frankfurt School—can help designers do what they want to do; can teach wisdom itself; can provoke; and can introduce new ways of seeing. They illustrate their argument by presenting classic texts by thinkers in critical theory from Althusser to Žižek alongside essays in which leaders in interaction design and HCI describe the influence of the text on their work. For example, one contributor considers the relevance Umberto Eco's “Openness, Information, Communication” to digital content; another reads Walter Benjamin's “The Author as Producer” in terms of interface designers; and another reflects on the implications of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble for interaction design. The editors offer a substantive introduction that traces the various strands of critical theory.

Taken together, the essays show how critical theory and interaction design can inform each other, and how interaction design, drawing on critical theory, might contribute to our deepest needs for connection, competency, self-esteem, and wellbeing.

Contributors
Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Olav W. Bertelsen, Alan F. Blackwell, Mark Blythe, Kirsten Boehner, John Bowers, Gilbert Cockton, Carl DiSalvo, Paul Dourish, Melanie Feinberg, Beki Grinter, Hrönn Brynjarsdóttir Holmer, Jofish Kaye, Ann Light, John McCarthy, Søren Bro Pold, Phoebe Sengers, Erik Stolterman, Kaiton Williams. , Peter Wright

Classic texts
Louis Althusser, Aristotle, Roland Barthes, Seyla Benhabib, Walter Benjamin, Judith Butler, Arthur Danto, Terry Eagleton, Umberto Eco, Michel Foucault, Wolfgang Iser, Alan Kaprow, Søren Kierkegaard, Bruno Latour, Herbert Marcuse, Edward Said, James C. Scott, Slavoj Žižek

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262037983
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey Bardzell is Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

Shaowen Bardzell is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Design in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

. Mark Blythe is Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at Northumbria University.

Jeffrey Bardzell is Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

Shaowen Bardzell is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Design in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington.

. Mark Blythe is Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at Northumbria University.

Slavoj Žižek, a philosopher and cultural critic, is Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture , The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity , The Parallax View , T he Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic (with John Milbank), and Žižek's Jokes (Did you hear the one about Hegel and negation?) , these five published by the MIT Press.

Umberto Eco was an Italian semiotician, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is the author of The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum , and The Prague Cemetery , all bestsellers in many languages, as well as a number of influential scholarly works.

Alan Blackwell is Reader in Interdisciplinary Design in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.

Elizabeth F. Churchill is a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Santa Clara, CA.

Søren Bro Pold is Associate Professor in Digital Design at Aarhus University and works with interface criticism, literature, and aesthetics.

Erik Stolterman is Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, and the coauthor of Thoughtful Interaction and The Design Way (second edition), both published by the MIT Press.

Paul Dourish is Chancellor's Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction and coauthor of Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing , both published by the MIT Press.

Bruno Latour, a philosopher and anthropologist, is the author of We Have Never Been Modern , An Inquiry into Modes of Existence , Facing Gaia , Down to Earth , and many other books. He coedited (with Peter Weibel) the previous ZKM volumes Making Things Public , ICONOCLASH , and Reset Modernity! (all published by the MIT Press).

Carl DiSalvo is Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Arthur C. Danto is a Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

Peter Wright is Professor of Social Computing at Newcastle University. Wright and McCarthy are the coauthors of Technology as Experience (MIT Press) and Experience-Centered Design.

John McCarthy is Professor of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. McCarthy and Wright are the coauthors of Technology as Experience (MIT Press) and Experience-Centered Design.

Michel Foucault (1926–84) is widely considered to be one of the most influential academic voices of the twentieth century and has proven influential across disciplines.

John Bowers is Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Linguistics Department at Cornell University.

Seyla Benhabib is Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and author of The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era and other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Jeffrey Bardzell Shaowen Bardzell Mark Blythe 1

I Fretting in the Shadow of Language: Interpretation and Evaluation Mark Blythe 27

1 The Seven Veils of Fantasy (1997) Slavoj Zizek 37

2 Wild Theory, or-Did Somebody Say Zizek? Mark Blythe 41

3 Rotation of Crops: A Venture in a Theory of Social Prudence (1843) Søren Kierkegaard Howard V. Hong Edna H. Hong 63

4 Against Boredom: The Demonic Pantheism in Design Olav W. Bertelsen 81

5 Myth Today (1957) Roland Barthes Annette Lavers 95

6 Barthes, and Calling the Mundane to Account Jofish Kaye 131

7 The Open Work (1989) Umberto Eco Anna Cancogni 145

8 What Does Digital Content Mean? Umberto Eco and The Open Work Alan F. Blackwell 167

9 Encoding/Decoding (1978) Stuart Hall 187

10 Stuart Hall: Cultural Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, and Encoding/Decoding Elizabeth F. Churchill 199

11 Grasping a Text (1978) Wolfgang Iser 227

12 Wolfgang Iser and the Reader as Creator Melanie Feinberg 253

13 The Intellectual Virtues Aristotle F. H. Peters 271

14 Way Back to Some Design Futures: Aristotle's Intellectual Excellences and Their Implications for Designing Gilbert Cockton 287

II Pugnacious Aesthetes and Barely Closeted Moralists Jeffrey Bardzell 311

15 The Author as Producer (1934) Walter Benjamin Edmund Jephcott 319

16 The (Cultural) Interface Designer as Producer Søren Bro Pold 331

17 The New Forms of Control (1964) Herbert Marcuse 345

18 Herbert Marcuse and the "One-Dimensional Man" Erik Stolterman 357

19 Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation) (1970) Louis Althusser Ben Brewster 371

20 Ideology and Interpellation: Althusser's "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" Paul Dourish 407

21 Gender Trouble (1999) Judith Butler 417

22 Performing Interaction Design with Judith Butler Ann Light 429

23 Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern (2004) Bruno Latour 447

24 Bruno Latour as Sociologist and Design Theorist? Carl DiSalvo 471

25 The Politics of Amnesia (2003) Terry Eagleton 485

26 After Critical Design Mark Blythe 499

27 The Artworld (1964) Arthur C. Danto 515

28 Danto's Artworld: Art-and Design-as Inquiry Jeffrey Bardzell 529

III Lucidly Bewildered: Participatory and Political Design Shaowen Bardzell 559

29 From Notes Made in 1970-1971 Mikhail M. Bakhtin Vern W. McGee 565

30 Bakhtin's Dialogics and the "Human" in Human-Centered Design Peter Wright John McCarthy 571

31 Nontheatrical Performance (1993) Allan Kaprow 585

32 Kaprow and HCl: Reflections on "Participation" in Research through Design Kirsten Boehner 599

33 Panopticism (1975) Michel Foucault Alan Sheridan 625

34 Michel Foucault on the Panopticon: A Commentary John Bowers 651

35 Nature and Space (1998) James C. Scott 679

36 Seeing Like Seeing Like a State Hrönn Brynjarsdóttir Holmer Phoebe Sengers Kaiton Williams 695

37 Knowing the Oriental (1978) Edward W. Said 715

38 Representing Others: HCl and Postcolonialism Beki Grinter 723

39 The Generalized and the Concrete Other (1992) Seyla Benhabib 737

40 Through the "Cracks and Fissures" in the Smart Home to Ubiquitous Utopia Shaowen Bardzell 751

List of Contributors 781

Index 785

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Endorsement

“This comprehensive book is an eye-opener for the realm of critical theory, drawing inspiration from Aristotle to Žižek. Established HCI commentators do a wonderful job elucidating the writings of these seminal critical theorists, dovetailing them with their own perspectives on their value and relevance for interaction design. An illuminating and provocative interpretation of critical design for those interested in an alternative take on technology."

Yvonne Rogers, Professor of Interaction Design at University College London

From the Publisher

“This comprehensive book is an eye-opener for the realm of critical theory, drawing inspiration from Aristotle to Žižek. Established HCI commentators do a wonderful job elucidating the writings of these seminal critical theorists, dovetailing them with their own perspectives on their value and relevance for interaction design. An illuminating and provocative interpretation of critical design for those interested in an alternative take on technology. "

Yvonne Rogers , Professor of Interaction Design at University College London

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