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Designing information technology in the postmodern age from method to metaphor / Richard Coyne. (1995)

Authors: Coyne, Richard.
Publisher:Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press,
  • There are 28 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 1 copies of this specific edition.
Frontyard Notes:BFs Studio
  • Coyne, Richard.
  • [electronic resource]
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • online resource
Physical Description:
  • 1 online resource (xiii, 399 pages) : illustrations.
  • Leonardo Book Ser.
  • Leonardo Book Ser.
  • Designing Information Technology in the Postmodern Age puts the theoretical discussion of computer systems and information technology on a new footing. Shifting the discourse from its usual rationalistic framework, Richard Coyne shows how the conception, development, and application of computer systems is challenged and enhanced by postmodern philosophical thought. He places particular emphasis on the theory of metaphor, showing how it has more to offer than notions of method and models appropriated from science. Coyne examines the entire range of contemporary philosophical thinking&​mdash;including logical positivism, analytic philosophy, pragmatism, phenomenology, critical theory, hermeneutics, and deconstruction&​mdash;comparing them and showing how they differ in their consequences for design and development issues in electronic communications, computer representation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and multimedia. He also probes the claims made of information technology, including its presumptions of control, its so-called radicality, even its ability to make virtual worlds, and shows that many of these claims are poorly founded. Among the writings Coyne visits are works by Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin, Gadamer, Derrida, Habermas, Rorty, and Foucault. He relates their views to information technology designers and critics such as Herbert Simon, Alan Kay, Terry Winograd, Hubert Dreyfus, and Joseph Weizenbaum. In particular, Coyne draws extensively from the writing of Martin Heidegger, who has presented one of the most radical critiques of technology to date.
  • Computers and praxis
  • Who is in control?
  • Deconstruction and information technology
  • Where in the world is cyberspace?
  • Representation and reality
  • Systematic design
  • Metaphors and machines.
  • More...
  • More...
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-386) and index.
Access Conditions:
  • License restrictions may limit access.
Other Form:
  • Print version Coyne, Richard. Designing information technology in the postmodern age. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1995 0262032287
  • English
  • 058502555X (electronic bk.)
  • 9780585025551 (electronic bk.)
  • 9780262032285 (acid-free paper)
  • 0262032287 (acid-free paper)
Dewey Number:
  • 004.2/​1/​01
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 54148212
  • 54148212
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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