Interactivity, Reactivity and Activity: Thoughts On Creating a Digital Sphere For an Analogue Body
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Westin, J. (2009). Interactivity, Reactivity and Activity: Thoughts On Creating a Digital Sphere For an Analogue Body. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009 (pp. 814-829). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2009
Honolulu, HI, USA
June 22, 2009
George Siemens & Catherine Fulford
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From a perspective of communicating humanistic science and heritage management, this paper argues that interactivity, as an instrument to incite a two way communication, is a limited tool that disciplins the actor into a structure of finite choices rather than create a milieu that allows alternative interpretations to be expressed. To problematise interactivity as an inquiering instrument I argue the concept of choice and reaction in the context of a subject-object relation, identifying concious choice as an integral part of interactivity that is limited by the available reactions. By looking at interactivity from the humanistic perspective of an analogue body I conclude that interactive media does not allow the body to act, only react. Hence, interactivity in the humanities, as a tool to foster active citizens. is flawed; interactivity, in the capacity of a communicative instrument, should be augmented with a suitable channel through which the actor freely can transmit ideas processed outside the interactive space.
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