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Getting to Grips with Technology

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We will be discussing: Philip Faulkner and Jochen Runde (in press). Getting to Grips with Technology.

Original Abstract: This paper advances a general theory of technological objects that attempts to (1) do justice to both their physical and social aspects, and (2) facilitate a realist account of their fit within the social world. The theory is demonstrated by using it to unpack some novel aspects of user-driven product innovation, as illustrated by the appropriation of the gramophone turntable as a musical instrument in hip-hop music and subsequent innovations in digital music players.

Available online from: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~afb21/tmp/Faulkner_Runde.pdf

Rubric for the reading group: Everyone attending is expected to read the paper in advance. Please bring a copy with you, preferably annotated with interesting reflections. The format of discussion will be a brief invited introduction/critique by two members of the group, followed by general discussion and informal mixing.

This talk is part of the Crucible/Microsoft HCI Reading Group series.

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