Currently reading: Lori Emerson’s “From the Philosophy of the Open to the Ideology of the User-Friendly”

Add to the list of things I’m catching up on: Lori Emerson’s excellent piece “From the Philosophy of the Open to the Ideology of the User-Friendly.”

“…What concerns me is that ‘user-friendly’ now takes the shape of keeping users steadfastly unaware and uninformed about how their computers, their reading/writing interfaces, work let alone how they shape and determine their access to knowledge and their ability to produce knowledge. As Wendy Chun points out, the user-friendly system is one in which users are, on the one hand, given the ability to ‘map, to zoom in and out, to manipulate, and to act’ but the result is a ‘seemingly sovereign individual’ who is mostly a devoted consumer of ready-made software and ready-made information whose framing and underlying mechanisms we are not privy to.”

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