The Computer is a Medium, Not a Tool: Collaborative Media Challenging Interaction Design

Open Access: http://muep.mah.se/handle/2043/15408

Löwgren, Jonas, and Bo Reimer. 2013. “The Computer is a Medium, Not a Tool: Collaborative Media Challenging Interaction Design”. Challenges 4, no. 1: 86-102. doi:10.3390/challe4010086.

ABSTRACT – Collaborative media entail an emerging set of digitally mediated practices, characterized by collaborative communicative action within organically developing, cross-medial infrastructures. We argue that computers are increasingly turning from tools into (collaborative) media in everyday use, and that this shift poses a significant challenge to the discipline of interaction design. Particularly prominent aspects of the challenge include the way design processes are conceptualized and structured, and the way in which communicative perspectives take precedence over instrumental ones.

Keywords: collaborative media; communicative practices; infrastructuring; media design

This article belongs to the Challenges’ special issue Challenges of Interface and Interaction Design.

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