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Computer Science - HCI | Interactive Media: The Semiotics of Embodied Interaction

Interactive Media: The Semiotics of Embodied Interaction

O'Neill, Shaleph

2009, X, 190p.

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  • Offers a different view of interaction from that of most HCI experts

Interactive media is pervasive. The colonization of our everyday lives by the computational power of the silicon chip is a fundamental feature of our digital age, and raises important questions such as: What does this mean for us as inhabitants of such media rich environments? How can we make sense of these media and the ways in which they have changed our interactions? What theories can we draw on to help us make sense of life in the digital age?

Human Computer Interaction has been looking at versions of these questions for a long time now, but as technology advances so quickly it is hard to keep pace with the changes. In reflecting on some of these issues and by providing a way to relate some of the disparate threads of theory from fields such as phenomenology, cognitive science, semiotics and the ecological theory of perception, Shaleph O’Neill provides an exploration of the theories that impact our understanding over a spectrum of interactive media.

Dr. Shaleph O’Neill is Course Director of Interactive Media Design at the University of Dundee.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » HCI - Interactive Media - Semiotics - Usability - human-computer interaction (HCI) - interaction - search engine marketing (SEM)

Related subjects » HCI - Information Systems and Applications - Media Design

Table of contents 

Media, Mediation and Interactive Media.- Approaching Interaction.- Affordance: A Case of Confusion.- Semiotic Theory.- Semiotics and Screen Based Interaction.- Semiotics and Interactive Environments.- Being-with-Media.- Embodied Semiotics.- Understanding Interactive Media.- Concluding Thoughts.

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