Fifty shades of CHI: the perverse and humiliating human-computer relationship

Buttrick, Laura and Linehan, Conor and Kirman, Ben and O'Hara, Dan (2014) Fifty shades of CHI: the perverse and humiliating human-computer relationship. Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014) extended abstracts . pp. 825-834. ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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This paper presents a critical lens on the nature of the relationship between people and contemporary technology. Specifically, the form and language of erotic BDSM romance fiction, a genre that deals specifically with the nature of power in relationships, and which has proved extremely popular recently, are used as a means for provoking reflection on the nature of power in the human-computer relationship. Three sexually explicit scenarios are presented, in which technology is portrayed in a dominant and controlling role, highlighting the often subservient and apologetic nature of human interaction with technology. We suggest that readers offended by graphic and explicit descriptions of sexual behaviour do not read further than this abstract.

Additional Information:Paper presented at CHI 2014 , April 26 - May 1, Toronto, Canada
Keywords:values sensitive design, design fiction, erotica, BDSM, NotOAChecked
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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ID Code:13894
Deposited On:07 May 2014 15:05

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