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On the Meaning of Screens: Towards a Phenomenological Account of Screenness.

Introna, Lucas and Ilharco, F (2006) On the Meaning of Screens: Towards a Phenomenological Account of Screenness. Human Studies, 29 (1). pp. 57-76. ISSN 0163-8548

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Abstract

This paper presents a Heideggerian phenomenological analysis of screens. In a world and an epoch where screens pervade a great many aspects of human experience, we submit that phenomenology, much in a traditional methodological form, can provide an interesting and novel basis for our understanding of screens. We ground our analysis in the ontology of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time [1927/1962], claiming that screens will only show themselves as they are if taken as screens-in-the-world. Thus, the phenomenon of screen is not investigated in its empirical form or conceptually. It is rather taken as a grounding intentional orientation that conditions our engagement with certain surfaces as we comport ourselves towards them �as screens.� In doing this we claim to have opened up the phenomenon of screen in a new and meaningful way.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Human Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication - computer - Heidegger - information systems - information technology - media - phenomenology - screens - television
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 253
Deposited By: Mrs Wendy Wang
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2006
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/253

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