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Waves and Forms: Electronic Music Devices and Computer Encodings in China (Inside Technology)

Publication Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015
Description 296 p.
Abstract Technical objects constrain what users do with them. They are not neutral entities but embody information, choices, values, assumptions, or even mistakes embedded by designers. What happens when a technology is designed in one culture and used in another? What happens, for example, when a Chinese user is confronted by Roman-alphabet-embedded interfaces? In this book, Basile Zimmermann examines the relationship between technical objects and culture in contemporary China, drawing on concepts from science and technology studies (STS). He presents a new theoretical framework for “culture” based on the notions of waves and forms, which provides a powerful descriptive toolkit for technology and culture.
Keywords CultureDigital materialitySinologyScience and technology studiesAnthropologyElectronic musicSocial networking sitesComputer encodingsChinaPosthumanismSpeculative Realism
ISBN: 978-0-262-02905-6
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Research group Unité de Chinois
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ZIMMERMANN, Basile. Waves and Forms: Electronic Music Devices and Computer Encodings in China (Inside Technology). Cambridge : MIT Press, 2015. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:85620

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