Reading Writing Interfaces by Lori Emerson

Critical Writing
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Lori Emerson's Reading Writing Interfaces is a media archeology of the interface. A critique of the "invisible" interface, the "magic" of iOS that "just works," Emerson analyzes how interfaces promote or occlude human agency in computational environments. Anti-telelogical in order to interrupt the "triumphalist" narratives of progress that can characterize much writing about media, Reading Writing Interfaces stages its four chapters and postscript ("The Googlization of Literature") as "ruptures" to emphasize failure as a key element of media development.

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Kathi Inman Berens