Shoshana strikes again…
Tired eyes? Sore neck? Hurting wrists?
Referenced in this excellent article by Liane Nooney: “Shoshana Zuboff’s landmark 1988 monograph In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power, an ethnographic account of the impact of computer usage in work environments in the early 1980s.”
Nooney has written a compelling article, igniting the idea that our physical and psychological relationship to computers does not have to be this way.
“To consider the history of computing through the lens of computer pain is to center bodies, users, and actions over and above hardware, software, and inventors” by Liane Nooney.
Imagine if computers were built FOR us, adapted to humans instead of us having to adapt our bodies and lives to them.
Something to consider:
Who made these initial design decisions? Who decided to buy these “streamlining” systems for mainly women office workers? What if we funded inventors who were not only white males?