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A map of the television experience

McGinley, M.J. (2008) A map of the television experience. In: 1st International Conference on Designing Interactive User Experiences for TV and Video, UXTV08, 22 - 24 October, Mountain View, CA pp. 147-150.

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This paper presents an analysis of the experience of television based on a definition of experience as 'understanding situated in time'. Citing Heidegger's phenomenological investigations of everyday experiences, as well as tenets from Distributed Cognition, and Activity Theory, the experience of interaction with television is shown to be situated within personal and cultural contexts, which determine the meaning and therefore the quality of the experience. A diagram of television use cases representing television practices is presented, ordered according to proximity to cultural practice. The diagram and method are discussed. The method is recommended as a tool to direct user-interface design and requirements development priorities.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
Copyright: 2008 ACM.
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