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Cultural Theory and Real World Design: Dystopian and Utopian Outcomes

Satchell, Christine (2008) Cultural Theory and Real World Design: Dystopian and Utopian Outcomes. In CHI, Arpil 2008, Florence, Italy. (In Press)

Abstract

When exploring a topic as intangible as the construction of mobile social networks it is necessary to look at how relationships are formed and at the way users identify themselves through their interactions. The theoretically informed discourses within cultural theory make an ideal lens for understanding these subtle nuances of use in terms of design. This paper describes a case study where the application of abstract cultural theory concepts to the practical act of analysing qualitative data from a user study resulted in the development of The Swarm mobile phone prototypes. By signposting the intersection of cultural theory within HCI, the value of a philosophically grounded mobile phone design space is highlighted. To uncover reactions to the design we explored the blogs that sprung up critiquing an online version of The Swarm and in doing so, discovered the at times subversive values (such as the need to lie) that users place on their mobile mediated interactions.

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ID Code: 12589
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Cultural theory, user studies, mobile phones
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:52

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