Rachel Plotnick: Power Button

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There is a whole host of things that have to happen after that button gets pushed. And I think it’s extremely desirable to hide all of that.
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Rachel Plotnick discusses her book Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and The Politics of Pushing with Chris Richardson. Plotnick is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington. She received her PhD from the Media, Technology and Society program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University and her MA from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology. Her research and teaching focus on information, communication and media technologies from an historical and critical/cultural perspective. Specifically, Rachel's research agenda examines human-machine relations, particularly as they relate to interfaces. She investigates how these surfaces – from buttons and keys to dials and screens – play a role in the technological and social aspects of daily life. She takes interest in touch and haptics, studying how modes of input, tactility, and sensory engagement have changed over time. More about her research and teaching can be found at www.rachelplotnick.com.

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