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By David Bell

David Bell's quantity will introduce key rules and matters inside cybertheory, then circulation directly to talk about the most important recommendations built through the 3 theorists --Donna Haraway, Sherry Turkle and Sean Cubitt, overlaying Haraway's foundational paintings on cyborgs, Sherry Turkle's contribution to debates approximately identification in our on-line world, and Sean Cubitt's improvement of cybertheory into the area of aesthetics and visible tradition.

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This point underscores her focus on ‘users’ rather than ‘consumers’ on the Internet, and also leads her in new theoretical directions, as she sees all the previous approaches sharing a ‘repressive bond’ by instating a separation between production and consumption, encoding and decoding, and so on (Bakardjieva 2005). Drawing on the ideas of French theorist Michel de Certeau (1984), she wants to think about technology as ‘language’: language is a system with normative rules and codes, but also has the openness to change, to new ways of talking, slang and word play.

So, for example, she criticizes the SCOT perspective for its neglect of ordinary users, but holds onto its theorization of the mutual shaping of technology and society. She raids the nest of the critical theory of technology, appreciating its politics and its focus on thinking how things could be different, its emphasis on resistance. She locates Raymond Williams’s (1974) Television in this approach, liking his focus on new patterns of cultural practice that new technologies help bring about. These practices – watching telly, surfing the net – loop back to inform the development of the technology, highlighting the productive role of users in shaping technological change.

Moreover, home computers and the Internet exhibit, she suggests, a high degree of openness, especially when they become stitched into everyday life. Only by focusing on the dailiness of everyday uses can we begin to map out the contours of this openness and then use that map SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF TECHNOLOGY (SCOT) Part of the sociology of science and technology, SCOT shows how the ‘shape’ of technological artefacts is the outcome of social processes, such as the infuence of relevant social groups (for example, users).

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