It’s a Metaphor Fool: How mimicry and nostalgia in design have hindered user experience

 

Users are obsessed with mimicry and nostalgic for the past. You can buy a cellphone case that look like a nintendo controller, or a wine glass that looks like a pint glass—but in the end you still have an iPhone and you are still drinking wine.

When it comes to technology we will do everything in our power to maintain some sort of connection to the tangible world. A screen is a window; deleted files go into a trash can; documents look like notebooks on a desk; and saving happens on a floppy disk.

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Darknet: The ‘Slow Internet’ Movement

“The regular internet is just a hotbed of surveillance […] we should probably just start calling the web the Spynet. (‘What are you up to this morning?’ ‘Nothing much, just shopping for some books on the Spynet.’)” – Clive Thomson, WIRED Magazine. 

As users of social media, search engines, and cloud email, we live within a very centralized and highly monitored area of the internet. In reality, however, there are many different levels of centralization and monitoring that exist in network form. 

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