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Digital Interfacing

Action and Perception through Technology, 1st Edition

By Daniel Black


204 pages

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This book takes the interface – or rather to interface, a process rather than a discrete object or location – as a concept emblematic of our contemporary embodied relationship with technological artefacts. The fundamental question addressed by this book is: How can we understand what it means to perceive or act upon the world as a body–artefact assemblage? Black works to clarify the role of artefacts of all kinds in human perception and action, then considers the ways in which new digital technologies can expand and transform this capacity to change our mode of engagement with our environment. Throughout, the discussion is grounded in specific technologies – some already familiar and some still in development (e.g. new virtual reality and brain–machine interface technologies, natural user interfaces, etc.). In order to develop a detailed, generalizable theory of how we interface with technology, Black assembles an analytical toolkit from a number of different disciplines, including media theory, ethology, clinical psychology, cultural theory, philosophy, science and technology studies, cultural history, aesthetics and neuroscience.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - The Myth of the Myth of Transparency

Chapter 2 - Where Do Bodies End and Objects Begin?

Chapter 3 - Beside Ourselves

Chapter 4 - Aesthesiogenesis

Chapter 5 - Real Time




About the Author

Daniel Black is Senior Lecturer of Communications and Media Studies in the School of Media, Film & Journalism at Monash University, Australia

About the Series

Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of digital media. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this subject as its influence and significance grow into the twenty-first century.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies