The rise of speculative devices : Hooking up with the bots of Ashley Madison

Light, Ben (2016) The rise of speculative devices : Hooking up with the bots of Ashley Madison. First Monday, 21(6), pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

I attend to two areas of increasing significance in relation to Web 2.0 since its announcement in 2005. The first is a focus on the non-human in digital media research, and the second is the normalisation of dating apps in society. Building upon ideas from speculative design and speculative method, I introduce the idea of speculative devices, those things that are set in place based on a conjecture of an outcome. Drawing upon a case study of Ashley Madison, generated using a walkthrough method and analysis of media coverage, I demonstrate how the speculative devices of bots and profiles can operate, and why. I argue we need to give careful thought to how our research and practice is understood, and conducted where speculative devices are concerned.

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ID Code: 96094
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Speculative Devices, Networked Publics, Social Media, Web 2.0
DOI: 10.5210/fm.v21i6
ISSN: 1396-0466
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2016 23:11
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 00:10

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