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- Technology is reinterpreted by the users and this reinterpretation feeds back into the design
- There are tensions between multiple interpretations of technology which can sometimes be resolved
- Technological stabilisation requires some process of negotiation
- Looks at the introduction of the car into rural America - how farmers used the car for their own goals
- Very much opposed to technological determinism, believes that users have an important role in shaping the progress of technology.
- Social Construction of Technology
- The process of technological closure: Stabilisation of feedback loop.
- Initial reaction against cars
- Once accepted, cars were seen as "a general source of power"
- Links between cars & DIY:
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- Interpretive Closure: Combination of criticism and introduction of products to meet need
- Asks "How do technologies and users relate to each other" within the context of the Argentine Mailing List
- Presents 3 frameworks
- Direct Impact
- Mediated Impact
- Mutual Shaping
- Dynamics of "Banal Nationalism"
- Mutual Shaping in action: MajorDomo installed->council formed->new server needed->fundraising organised
- CD-ROM as a boundary object?
- Society has become "informationalised"
- The inherent structure of software & the internet leads to a state of "permenant beta" (technological determinism? no!?)
- Wikipedia: The ultimate permenant beta
- Permenant beta and work/cognition
- Reactions to permemnant beta: romanticisation of the antique?
- BetaTeen and abdicating control to the user
- Web 2.0 logo generator (unfortunately, now defunct)