“The (Dis)appearance of Purpose” is dedicated to the significance of teleology in the study of human-computer behaviour by tracing the disappearance of the concept purpose. To demonstrate how we can think of purpose in order to understand our contemporary media ecology, I will draw on the cybernetics-Taylor dispute published in the journal ‘Philosophy of Science’ in 1950. This dispute, I will argue, illuminates how our contemporary thought is haunted by an imaginary ideology of purpose. By reconstructing the socio-historical context of 1940’s America, in which purpose for the study of inanimate behaviour appeared, I will place purpose back into discussion.
Our mind and body are not two self-determining entities, but involve continuousinteraction and transformation. This paper negotiates the relationships betweeninteractive art and science to demonstrate what science can learn from art in terms ofthe mind-body debate. It attempts to make explicit a set of issues that delineate theepistemological and cultural significance of interactive art in reframing the mind-bodydebate. My goal is to establish a multidisciplinary arena through which consciousnesscan be conceptualized and described.
This short argumentative article is a complaint about our contemporary surveillance society.
In this article I will not offer an accurate and comprehensive description of social software in general or its development, but I do want to illustrate how social software might affect the assembling of individuals in communities. By investigating the social networking site ‘Scoutle’, I will try to map how ‘automated social networking’ might require us to interpret sociality in a different way.
This is a short review of Gilles Deleuze’s ‘Society of Control’ (Deleuze, 1992). I will argue that Deleuze’s article consists of ambiguities which complicates its practibility.
This article pays special attention to Foucault’s Panopticism; Foucault describes the hidden network that is formed and articulated throughout history. I will argue that Foucault primarily focuses on power structures that are hidden ‘behind’ society, instead of interpreting reality as rhizomatic and flattened information networks wherein different agents actively co-create society.
How can we think of information technology as politically charged? And how should we respond to its penetration in everyday life? In this essay I explore Wendy Chun’s and Alexander Galloway’s arguments. I argue that Chun accommodates Galloway’s approach by treating technology as materiality and as ideology. Finally the concepts desire and pleasure extricate that synthesizing Chun’s and Galloway’s approach provides new possibilities for an alternative methodology.
This article uses ‘The Blended Data Game’ as a case-study in exploring the concept of ‘game as learning experience’, and especially the categorization of games as microworlds and/or simulations. I will argue that the notions microworld and simulation are to some extend useable in developing educational games, but that they both need to be specified in order to create a proper pragmatic designmodel.
This article uses theories from Bush, Nelson and Landow to explore the advantages and limits of using Hypertext Theory in studying new media and digital culture. The result is an advice for future research.
Contemporary Ethnography is having an identitycrisis, because of our increase in spatial mobility. This article uses theories from Geertz, Castells, Marcus and Hine to explore how this problem might be solved. I will argue that we have to redefine ‘locality’ and the current research method to avoid holistic interpretations of digital culture.
Nicholas Carr’s The Big Switch is a must-read for anyone who had enough of IT-evangelism and would like to know more about IT’s dark side.
Due to rapidly evolving technologies new information-gathering tools have been developed to support our ‘information retrieval needs’. Because times have changed, information retrieval systems will have to change too. The Virtual Thesaurus is an example of how an application not only reflects what’s going on in society, but also what’s going on inside our heads.
This is a book review of Ira Levin’s ‘This Perfect Day’. I hope this document will persuade you into reading this book, because it’s a must read!