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Conceptualizing digital mediations
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0566-2527
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Postphenomenology provides a productive framework for thinking through technological mediation. However, understanding digital mediations in particular requires further development and expansion of its conceptual toolkit, even as the orientation in postphenomenology toward ’the ways in which we are present in our world and the world is present to us’ (Verbeek 2005) highlights the very real mediations of these not-only-virtual technologies. In order to unpack the ways in which digital technologies can mediate perception and engagement by making activities visible, I have developed a conceptualization of digital material mediation involving substrates and traces (Wiltse 2014) . The ways in which digital technologies now often configure themselves in relation to particular users calls for analytic sensitivity to multiinstability (Redström and Wiltse 2015). Building on a conceptualization of digital networked things as fluid assemblages (Wiltse, Stolterman and Redström 2015;; Redström and Wiltse 2015), multiintentionality (Wiltse 2017) points to the multiple intentional relations involved in these things, including reverse intentionality in which use of a thing is a means for other actors to find out more about the one doing the using. This is the model of dataveillance in a contemporary context in which data is the resource fuelling social, economic, and governance processes. An incisive conceptualization of digital mediations is needed to understand and articulate the role they now play in not only experience, but also in distributions of power and agency, visibility and invisibility—and to provide insight on how to design in order to better care for their consequences.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
postphenomenology, design, digital, mediation, human-technology relations, philosophy of technology
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Philosophy
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design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150427DiVA, id: diva2:1237184
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Conference on the Philosophy of Human Technology Relations
Available from: 2018-08-07 Created: 2018-08-07 Last updated: 2019-01-15

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