ISBN-10:
0262083744
ISBN-13:
9780262083744
Pub. Date:
10/08/2010
Publisher:
MIT Press
Texture: Human Expression in the Age of Communications Overload

Texture: Human Expression in the Age of Communications Overload

by Richard H. R. Harper
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Overview

Our workdays are so filled with emails, instant messaging, and RSS feeds that we complain that there's not enough time to get our actual work done. At home, we are besieged by telephone calls on landlines and cell phones, the beeps that signal text messages, and work emails on our BlackBerrys. It's too much, we cry (or type) as we update our Facebook pages, compose a blog post, or check to see what Shaquille O'Neal has to say on Twitter. InTexture, Richard Harper asks why we seek out new ways of communicating even as we complain about communication overload. Harper describes the mistaken assumptions of developers that"more" is always better and argues that users prefer simpler technologies that allow them to create social bonds. Communication is not just the exchange of information. There is a texture to our communicative practices, manifest in the different means we choose to communicate (quick or slow, permanent or ephemeral).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262083744
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/08/2010
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard H. R. Harper, currently Principal Researcher in Socio-Digital Systems at Microsoft Research, has explored user-focused technical innovation in academic, corporate, and small company settings. He is the coauthor (with Abigail J. Sellen) of The Myth of the Paperless Office (MIT Press, 2001).

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James E. Katz

A profound and searching inquiry into our thinking about communication. Harper's historical anchoring and nuanced interpretations add new insights into how the messages we send and receive make us who we are.

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