The Order of Cybernetics: An Archaeology of User-Friendly Design

dc.contributor.authorRevoy, Spenceren
dc.contributor.departmentCultural Studiesen
dc.contributor.supervisorMurakami Wood, Daviden
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-30T21:09:19Z
dc.date.available2019-04-30T21:09:19Z
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation evaluates the concept of user-friendliness not only as a preeminent philosophy of software design, but as an integral element of the metaphysics of software and the very conceptualization of both cybernetics and digital computers as such. My analysis traces the reductive nature of user-friendly design and its politics of mimetically simulated conviviality and consequent instrumental occlusion to the earliest rhetorical arguments in favour of digital computation as a reliably universal means to model stochastic phenomena. It traces the implicitly reductive tendencies of cybernetic theory as an ontology and epistemology from the earliest intellectual history of digital computation through to its negotiation of early commercial markets and he effect that consumer and corporate demands have had on the valorization and formalization of increasingly user-friendly software designs. Especially attuned to the linkages between technology, culture, and intellectual history, this dissertation also demonstrates the conclusive links between this particular axiology of computer design and the rise in invasive, oppressive practices such as endemic mass and targeted surveillance via cybernetic technologies—a state of affairs which is mediated, aided, and abetted by the values of user-friendly design and the vicissitudes they beget.en
dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.embargo.liftdate2024-04-29T16:34:10Z
dc.embargo.termsIn discussions with acquisitions editors to adapt into a manuscript for commercial publicationen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/26149
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
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dc.subjectcyberneticsen
dc.subjectpoststructuralismen
dc.subjectanticapitalismen
dc.subjectmetaphysicsen
dc.titleThe Order of Cybernetics: An Archaeology of User-Friendly Designen
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