The rise of speculative devices : hooking up with the bots of Ashley Madison

Light, BA ORCID: 2016, 'The rise of speculative devices : hooking up with the bots of Ashley Madison' , First Monday, 21 (6) .

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I attend to two areas of increasing significance in relation to Web 2.0 since its announcement in 2005. The first is a focus on the non-human in digital media research, and the second is the normalisation of dating apps in society. Building upon ideas from speculative design and speculative method, I introduce the idea of speculative devices, those things that are set in place based on a conjecture of an outcome. Drawing upon a case study of Ashley Madison, generated using a walkthrough method, I demonstrate how the speculative devices of bots and profiles can operate, and why. I argue we need to give careful thought to how our research and practice is understood, and conducted where speculative devices are concerned.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: First Monday
Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago Library
ISSN: 1396-0466
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Ben Light
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:18

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