HCI as heterodoxy: Technologies of identity and the queering of interaction with computers

Light, Ann (2011) HCI as heterodoxy: Technologies of identity and the queering of interaction with computers. Interacting with Computers, 23 (5). pp. 430-438. ISSN 0953-5438

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2011.02.002

Abstract

As digital technologies are woven more closely into identity formation, society needs ways to keep tools flexible to many versions of self-presentation and avoid perpetuating the political status quo through conservative and apolitical designing. This paper explores one route, drawing on Queer Theory to look at resistance to computer formalisation of identity through queering. Several case studies explore how we might apply the oblique route to design of a range of technologies that help users define themselves. In particular, forgetting, obscuring, cheating and eluding are activities held up to counter computer strengths and offer a more flexible vision of interaction design for the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity, queer theory, interaction, resistance, social change, postmodern feminism
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Northumbria Design
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 15:52
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12125

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