Adversarial Design

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2012
Author(s): Carl DiSalvo
Book Type: MIT Press
Content Type : Books
Topics: Computing & Processing ;  General Topics for Engineers
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Abstract

In Adversarial Design, Carl DiSalvo examines the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political. He describes a practice, which he terms "adversarial design," that uses the means and forms of design to challenge beliefs, values, and what is taken to be fact. It is not simply applying design to politics -- attempting to improve governance for example, by redesigning ballots and polling places; it is implicitly contestational and strives to question conventional approaches to political issues.

DiSalvo explores the political qualities and potentials of design by examining a series of projects that span design and art, engineering and computer science, agitprop and consumer products. He views these projects -- which include computational visualizations of networks of power and influence, therapy robots that shape sociability, and everyday objects embedded with microchips that enable users to circumvent surveillance -- through the lens of agonism, a polit cal theory that emphasizes contention as foundational to democracy. DiSalvo's illuminating analysis aims to provide design criticism with a new approach for thinking about the relationship between forms of political expression, computation as a medium, and the processes and products of design.

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      Front Matter

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Design Thinking, Design Theory, Title, Copyright, Dedication, Contents, Series Foreword, Acknowledgments View full abstract»

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      Design and Agonism

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Agonism in Theory and Design, Design for Politics and Political Design, Doing the Work of Agonism, The Pluralism of Design, Critical Design and Tactical Media, Computation and Adversarial Design, Why a Focus on Computation?, Medium Particularity, The Structure of the Inquiry View full abstract»

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      Revealing Hegemony: Agonistic Information Design

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Computational Information Design, Computational Media and Information Design, Revealing Hegemony, Social Network Visualization: Charting the Associations of Hegemony, Varieties of Political Expression, Extensions as Interventions, Representing and Performing, Summary View full abstract»

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      Reconfiguring the Remainder: Agonistic Encounters with Social Robots

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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Political Issues of Social Robot Design, Designing Agonistic Encounters with Social Robots, Embodiment, Engineering the Uncanny, An Uncanny Affective Companion, Agonistic Reification, Summary View full abstract»

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      Devices of Articulation: Ubiquitous Computing and Agonistic Collectives

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Ubiquitous Computing as a Category of Computational Objects, Connectedness and Collectives, Devices of Articulation, Articulating Actions and Ethics, Articulating Countercollectives, The Pluralism of Collectives, Summary View full abstract»

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      Adversarial Design as Inquiry and Practice

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Adversarial Design as Inquiry, Adversarial Design as Practice, Limits to a Practice of Adversarial Design, The Challenge of Judging Adversarial Design, Adversarial Design as a Participatory Practice View full abstract»

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      Notes

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5 View full abstract»

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      References

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      In Adversarial Design, Carl DiSalvo examines the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political. He describes a practice, which he terms "adversarial design," that uses the means and forms of design to challenge beliefs, values, and what is taken to be fact. It is not simply applying design to politics -- attempting to improve governance for example, by redesigning ballots and polling places; it is implicitly contestational and strives to question conventional approaches to political issues.

      DiSalvo explores the political qualities and potentials of design by examining a series of projects that span design and art, engineering and computer science, agitprop and consumer products. He views these projects -- which include computational visualizations of networks of power and influence, therapy robots that shape sociability, and everyday objects embedded with microchips that enable users to circumvent surveillance -- through the lens of agonism, a polit cal theory that emphasizes contention as foundational to democracy. DiSalvo's illuminating analysis aims to provide design criticism with a new approach for thinking about the relationship between forms of political expression, computation as a medium, and the processes and products of design.

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      Index

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      In Adversarial Design, Carl DiSalvo examines the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political. He describes a practice, which he terms "adversarial design," that uses the means and forms of design to challenge beliefs, values, and what is taken to be fact. It is not simply applying design to politics -- attempting to improve governance for example, by redesigning ballots and polling places; it is implicitly contestational and strives to question conventional approaches to political issues.

      DiSalvo explores the political qualities and potentials of design by examining a series of projects that span design and art, engineering and computer science, agitprop and consumer products. He views these projects -- which include computational visualizations of networks of power and influence, therapy robots that shape sociability, and everyday objects embedded with microchips that enable users to circumvent surveillance -- through the lens of agonism, a polit cal theory that emphasizes contention as foundational to democracy. DiSalvo's illuminating analysis aims to provide design criticism with a new approach for thinking about the relationship between forms of political expression, computation as a medium, and the processes and products of design.

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