Plats: MIT-huset, MC 313
Daniel Pargman, Tema kommunikation, Linköpings universitet: Cultural bias and adaptation - examples from Internet and SvenskMud
Cultural bias and adaptation - examples from Internet and SvenskMud
problematizes four related questions regarding cultural attitudes and their relationship to CMC technologies:
1. How have American cultural attitudes (historically) shaped the development and use of CMC technologies?
2. How do diverse cultural attitudes (today) shape the implementation and use of CMC technologies?
3. How do diverse cultural attitudes manifest themselves in the implementation and use of MUDs?
4. How do diverse cultural attitudes manifest themselves in the implementation and use of SvenskMud in particular?
The questions are analyzed primarily through theories about bias in computer systems (Friedman and Nissenbaum, 1996) and theories about the relationship between the design and use of computer artifacts (Carroll et. al., 1991). Special attention is paid to the design process of a specific kind of computer systems called MUDs (Multi-User Dungeons) (Bruckman, 1992; O'day et. al., 1996; Pargman, 1997), i.e. one of the kinds of virtual communities that are mediated by computer artifacts.
Daniel Pargman is a Ph.D. student at Tema Kommunikation - an interdisciplinary graduate school of Communication Studies at Linköping University. He belongs to the Human-Centered Information Technology Group and does research on (synchronous) computer-mediated communiation and virtual communities.