Friday, January 11, 2008

Erkki Huhtamo on our "presents"

"...we should resist the teleological temptation of presenting the whole history of the human/machine relationship as leading towards our present idea of interactivity. This is certainly an illusion created by our observation post, and also by the cunning of history. The fabric of history consists of innumerable threads. It will present completely different visions for other "presents". We should resist the temptation of looking at things in the past merely as an extended prologue for the present."


Erkki Huhtamo. "From Cybernation to Interaction: a Contribution to an Archaeology of Interactivity." (The Digital Dialectic. Ed. Peter Lunenfeld. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2000)

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