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Concealing screens: Consent, control and the desiring user

Best, K. (2010) Concealing screens: Consent, control and the desiring user. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 10 (2).

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This article traces the contemporary cultural history of consent to information control. It argues that in order to begin to understand why people consent to the loss of control over their digital devices we need to see users as desiring subjects positioned at a cultural moment where the digital information screen has been enlisted as a central driver of both utility and pleasure, but where its architectural ability for additional functional control remains obscured.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Copyright: 2010 The Author
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