Preparation for the Discussion Groups in Week Ten, Dec
Does the design of an information delivery system affect
how people will use it? Does it affect what information they will
find and how they will perceive it?
In Phil Agre's lecture last week, he emphasized that
personal computers don't have to be designed the way they were, and that
in fact most of the things around us could have been designed in very different
ways. How does the design of our software distribution system influence
our views of software as a commodity or as a tool? How does the design
of our socio-political systems affect how we regard information and how
we situate our information industries?
Do artifacts have politics? Is technology neutral?
Are there designs for information exchange that do not
treat information as a commodity?