Monday, February 16, 2009

The Mobile Misuse Manifesto (early draft outline)

(a work in process on the design and development of interactive technologies)

"We drive into the future using only our rear view mirror."
- Marshall McLuhan, 1967

Manifesto Section 1
  1. Choosing to be “lost” or “disconnected” is an option.
  2. Time is finite, whatever is implemented must be worth the value of the time invested. (development & use)
  3. The planet is finite, whatever we develop or buy reduces it.
  4. Whatever device we say “Yes” to means “No” to something else in our lives.
  5. Disappointment is intrinsic in our experience of new technologies.
  6. The malfunction and arrogance of constantly changing technologies must not be overlooked.
  7. Technology may be inevitable, but our use of it is not.
  8. Refusal is an option.
  9. Failure as an option.
Subset A
  1. If you build it, they might not come.
  2. If you build it, they might come and then leave.
  3. If you build it, they might all come and overwhelm the system.
  4. If you build it, it will be obsolete in a matter of months, weeks, days, or minutes.
  5. If you build it, you will have to build it again and again and again.
  6. If you build it, someone else may have already done it (and better).

(feedback appreciated)

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