Hybrid space counter-strategies: Rebalancing our relationships with networked technologies

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Hybrid space counter-strategies: Rebalancing our relationships with networked technologies

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dc.contributor.author Romich, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-12T08:55:26Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-12T08:55:26Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15097
dc.description.abstract Our increasing dependency on the internet has had a significant social, behavioural and psychological impact on us all, and not entirely positive. Networked technologies provide an endlessly-renewing refuge of digital information from the uncertainties of life in the physical world, a potentially addictive and ultimately unfulfilling emotional sanctuary. A compulsive craving for constant connectivity has been normalized by broader trends in public life, including a celebration of hypermediated workaholism, unsustainable consumerism, and a corporatist agenda for commodifying personal data and social conformity. Habitual use of networked digital media is crucial in order to socially and professionally thrive in contemporary society, so exposure cannot be completely curtailed and must be voluntarily monitored and managed at a personal level. Informed by an analysis of related socio-theoretical phenomena and historical counter-strategies, as well as expert interviews and interaction design theory, we explore how this could potentially happen through re-sensitizing the ‘smartness’ and ‘responsiveness’ of the technology itself, to appropriately curb its own misuse. These issues are addressed by a design concept developed through two artifacts: the first, a web-based application; and the second, a semi-functional technology probe and conjectural video prototype. Design is enlisted to explore how rethinking the implementation of digital experiences could potentially re- empower an individual to achieve a temporary liberation from (or at least an increased self-awareness of) their splintered psychological predicament, in the hopes of ultimately guiding them towards a healthier, more balanced relationship with networked media technologies. en_US
dc.format.extent 80 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle en_US
dc.subject over-mediation en_US
dc.subject hybrid space en_US
dc.title Hybrid space counter-strategies: Rebalancing our relationships with networked technologies en_US
dc.type H1 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok Technology en_US
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 K3
mahlocal.xprt.program Interaction Design (master)
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