I’m afraid I can only briefly discuss how Manovich and Stolterman might fit into Phenomenology and Structuralism before confusion completely takes over. And I can only do that much… with a little help from my friends. For instance, I have a hard time labeling Stolterman. But I know that last week he said that if he had to choose a side for himself, it would be the Phenomenological (thanks Dave). Could someone elaborate on this for me?
Manovich is slightly clearer to me. The phrase “language of new media” says a lot by itself given the relationship between structuralism and language/linguistics. Another clue is revealed when he says “I use ‘language’ as an umbrella term to refer to a number of various conventions used by designers of new media objects to organize data and structure the user’s experience.” So… structure trumps content (thanks Christian).
I’m not sure I added much to the discussion tonight. Maybe I should have joined Kayce in saying… WTF.