The smartphone: A Lacanian stain, a tech killer, and an embodiment of radical individualism

Matthew P. Aylett, Shaun Lawson

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Abstract

YAFR (Yet another futile rant) presents the smartphone: an unstoppable piece of technology generated from a perfect storm of commercial, technological, social and psychological factors. We begin by misquoting Steve Jobs and by being unfairly rude about the HCI community. We then consider the smartphone's ability to kill off competing technology and to undermine collectivism. We argue that its role as a Lacanian stain, an exploitative tool, and as a means of concentrating power into the hands of the few, make it a technology that will rival the personal automobile in its effect on modern society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2016
Subtitle of host publication#chi4good - Extended Abstracts, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Pages501-510
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340823
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Event34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016

Conference

Conference34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period7/05/1612/05/16

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