Asymmetry in media spaces

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Asymmetry in media spaces
In any collaborative system, there are both symmetries and asymmetries present in the design of the technology and in the ways that technology is appropriated. Yet media space research tends to focus more on supporting and fostering the symmetries than the asymmetries. Throughout more than 20 years of media space research, the pursuit of increased symmetry, whether achieved through technical or social means, has been a recurrent theme. The research literature on the use of contemporary awareness systems, in contrast, displays little if any of this emphasis on symmetrical use; indeed, this body of research occasionally highlights the perceived value of asymmetry. In this paper, we unpack the different forms of asymmetry present in both media spaces and contemporary awareness systems. We argue that just as asymmetry has been demonstrated to have value in contemporary awareness systems, so might asymmetry have value in media spaces and in other CSCW systems, more generally. To illustrate...
Amy Voida, Stephen Voida, Saul Greenberg, Helen Ai
Added 19 Oct 2010
Updated 19 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where CSCW
Authors Amy Voida, Stephen Voida, Saul Greenberg, Helen Ai He
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