DO YOU BELIEVE IN USER?
to trully reconnect users and computers, users and developers, users and the history of their favourite medium
it seems that the computer s ultimate purpose is to become an invisible appliance, transparent interface and device denying any charakteristiks of its own. most computing power is used in an attempt to make people forget about computers.
computer use widely spread-computer culture so underdeveloped
digital folklore encompasses the custom, traditions, and elements of visual textual audio culture that emerged from users engagement with personal computer application during the last decade of the 20th and the first decade of 21 cent.
THE PC MUST BE REGARDES AS A MEDIUM WITH A CULTURAL HISTORY SHAPED MORE BY ITS USERS AND LESS BY ITS INVENTORS
...when the computer became merely a machine for work ...the microsoft office a requirement ine life to know, the role of the computer users changed
what we mean by user?_?-? TRON! 1982._ appreciation/glorious definition. One programm asks another: DO you believe in users?/ yes of course if i dont have a user who WROTE me? another scene- the account manager and the hacker are called USER by their programas.
ten years later- the term was demoted to what the fathers of computer technology dubbed "Real Users" (those who pay attention to computers but not interested to learn about them) or "Naive Users", those who simply dont understand the systems
AOl 1993 internet, naive users show up in thousands, added to the computer enthusiasts with univ. background
user became a derogatory term for people who need things to be as simple as possible and the became cannon fodder for system administrators and real programmers.
1996 new hackers dictionary distinguished two classes of peope; implementros (hackers) and users (lusers) 12 years later fullers software studies a lexicon doesnt include a single article on users(ε ναι)
to deal with them then became to offer them a user friendly -user oriented playground where they could cause not real damage and could leave hackers alone .this is rather cynical view
less and less able to see the value of their contributions > > no idea about computers > > cannt reflekt on the medium itself , at the same time though producing and uploading content non stop
digital folklore- a distinct user culture developed inside user oriented applications and services despite their low social status and technical limitations
the users role is reconsidered in web2.0
- noble amateurs, crowd- widsom, user generated content, folksonomy, the grand come back of the user illustrated how much bigger
the gap between them and computers had grown.
beeing busy and creative we missed the moment where the web2.0 was replaced by the Cloud: users in front of dumb terminals, feeding centralised databases, and ubercomputer clusters
it is about powerfull computers not powerfull users
todays school children are educated like 'Real Users'(office,ppt present)
the domain of the digital must belong to people not computers
better computer education
internet history is 16 year not 20 because it counts from the time users started using it