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User Error

Resisting Computer Culture

Ellen Rose


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"User Error" explodes the myth of computer technology as juggernaut. Multimedia educator Ellen Rose shows that there is no bandwagon, no out-of-control dynamo, no titanic conspiracy to overwhelm us. Instead, there is our own desire to join the fraternity of users, a fraternity that confers legitimacy and power on those who enter the brave new world.
Rose exposes how we surrender decision-making power in personal and workplace computing situations. As users we willingly grant authority to the creators of software, support materials, and the seductive infrastructure of technocracy.
"Smart" users are rewarded; reluctant users are pathologized. User identity is deliberately constructed at the crossroads of industry, consumer demand, and complicity. "User Error" sounds a timely alarm, calling on all of us who use the new technologies to recognize how we are being co-opted. With awareness we can reassert our own responsibility and power in this increasingly important interaction.
Savvy, accessible, and up-to-date, "User Error" offers insight, inspiration, and strategies of resistance to general readers, technology professionals, students, and scholars alike.

Between the Lines(CA), 9781896357799, 216pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2003

About the Author

Ellen Rose holds the McCain/Aliant-Telecom Chair in Education and Multimedia at the University of New Brunswick. She directs a graduate programme in instructional design. In addition to numerous journal articles on media, technology, and pedagogy, she has published "Hyper Texts: The Language and Culture of Educational Computing."