The Polysemy of Human-Computer Interaction

Greenhill, A and Fletcher, G ORCID: 2009, 'The Polysemy of Human-Computer Interaction' , in: Future Interaction Design II , Springer, London, pp. 175-190.

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This chapter provides exemplars of the influence of digital artifacts upon cultural experiences. We argue that the associations between people and artifacts, and specifically digital artifacts, is an increasingly dense, interwoven, and pivotal aspect of everyday cultural experience. Artifacts themselves resist any stability of meaning by being continuously disassembled and reassembled into newly meaningful assemblages. Digital artifacts extend this complexity by accelerating and extending cultural relationships both temporally and geographically, resulting in a wider range of potential and actual relationships in an expansive number of contexts. Through the connections that digital artifacts hold to people, there is a continuously fluid polysemous multivocality that incorporates the multiple and expansive parameters of power, meaning, and cultural knowledge. The human ability to alter and repurpose artifacts to suit immediate and shifting needs prevents any innate definitional quality from making a “table” a table or a “blog” a blog. Purpose and meaning of an artifact is continuously defined and then redefined between individuals and across time, beyond the reach of the original designers or manufacturers.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Saariluoma, P and Isomaki, H
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781848003002
Depositing User: Gordon Fletcher
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2009 13:17
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:33

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