The Smartphone: A Lacanian Stain, A Tech Killer, and an Embodiment of Radical Individualism

Aylett, Matthew and Lawson, Shaun (2016) The Smartphone: A Lacanian Stain, A Tech Killer, and an Embodiment of Radical Individualism. In: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '16. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 501-511. ISBN 978-1-4503-4082-3

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Abstract

YAFR (Yet another futile rant) presents the smartphone: an unstoppable piece of technology generated from a perfect storm of commercial, technological, social and psychological factors. We begin by misquoting Steve Jobs and by being unfairly rude about the HCI community. We then consider the smartphone's ability to kill off competing technology and to undermine collectivism. We argue that its role as a Lacanian stain, an exploitative tool, and as a means of concentrating power into the hands of the few, make it a technology that will rival the personal automobile in its effect on modern society.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 16:22
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 07:16
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37057

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