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April 05, 2008

"If I hear one more person tell me that a computer is just a tool I'm going to shoot myself"

Meredith Davis gave voice to a desire for a complex and nuanced understanding of the interplay between ourselves in roles as creators, viewers/audiences, users, consumers, co-authors and our facilitating computational devices. My colleague at the University of Denver, Trace Reddell, has described this relationship in the terms of Jamaican cosmology, namely Dub.

Davis' quote, that I have used to title this entry, bristles against the essentializing tendency that is common among people grappling to understand complexity. Others have bristled at the essentializing of computers at "the computer".

Posted by SWEAT at April 5, 2008 07:48 AM