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Adversarial design

Author: Carl DiSalvo
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Series: Design thinking, design theory.
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In Adversarial Design, Carl DiSalvo examines the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political. He describes a practice, which he terms "adversarial design," that uses the means and forms of design to challenge beliefs, values, and what is taken to be fact. It is not simply applying design to politics--attempting to improve governance, for example, by redesigning ballots and polling places; it is  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl DiSalvo
ISBN: 9780262017381 0262017385
OCLC Number: 755213451
Description: xiii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Design and agonism --
Revealing hegemony : agonistic information design --
Reconfiguring the remainder : agonistic encounters with social robots --
Devices of articulation : ubiquitous computing and agonistic collectives --
Adversarial design as inquiry and practice.
Series Title: Design thinking, design theory.
Responsibility: Carl DiSalvo.

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In Adversarial Design, Carl DiSalvo examines the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political. He describes a practice, which he terms "adversarial design," that uses the means and forms of design to challenge beliefs, values, and what is taken to be fact. It is not simply applying design to politics--attempting to improve governance, for example, by redesigning ballots and polling places; it is implicitly contestational and strives to question conventional approaches to political issues. DiSalvo explores the political qualities and potentials of design by examining a series of projects that span design and art, engineering and computer science, agitprop and consumer products. He views these projects-- which include computational visualizations of networks of power and influence, therapy robots that shape sociability, and everyday objects embedded with microchips that enable users to circumvent surveillance--through the lens of agonism, a political theory that emphasizes contention as foundational to democracy. Each of these projects engages one of three categories as a medium--information, robots, and ubiquitous computing--and in each of them certain distinctive qualities of computation are used for political ends or to bring forth political issues. DiSalvo's illuminating analysis aims to provide design criticism with a new approach for thinking about the relationship between forms of political expression, computation as a medium, and the processes and products of design.

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"There's a new HCI in town, and Carl DiSalvo is one of its most thoughtful proponents. Lively, timely, provocative and inspiring, Adversarial Design sets out a manifesto for engaged design practice Read more...

 
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