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INTERFACE. Branden Hookway. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2014. 190 pp. with 10 ills. (5 col.). 20 x 14 cm. LC 2013-22300 ISBN 9780262525503 In English.
Publisher's description: In this book, Branden Hookway considers the interface not as technology but as a form of relationship with technology. The interface, Hookway proposes, is at once ubiquitous and hidden from view. It is both the bottleneck through which our relationship to technology must pass and a productive encounter embedded within the use of technology. It is a site of contestation--between human and machine, between the material and the social, between the political and the technological--that both defines and elides differences. A virtuoso in multiple disciplines, Hookway offers a theory of the interface that draws on cultural theory, political theory, philosophy, art, architecture, new media, and the history of science and technology. He argues that the theoretical mechanism of the interface offers a powerful approach to questions of the human relationship to technology. Hookway finds the origin of the term interface in nineteenth-century fluid dynamics and traces its migration to thermodynamics, information theory, and cybernetics.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 159363
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