Wizard of Oz prototyping is a usability method where a user interacts with a non operating interface prototype being controlled by a ‘wizard’ sitting in a back space (like the ‘Mechanical Turk’). The wizard observes and reacts on the user’s actions and simulates the system’s responses to the user’s actions.
And the terrorism investigation that she was referencing is the one particular that has arisen and that the UK government is conducting in the context of its detention of my companion, David Miranda, at Heathrow Airport. And we’ve challenged that detention in court. And in response, the UK government has said, number 1, they are conducting an investigation, a criminal investigation, under terrorism laws against him, against Laura Poitras and myself, and against anyone at The Guardian involved in the reporting of these stories.
I would recommend that these who seek to discover processes of mediation must try to move as readily as feasible among such interpretative frames. Such frame shifting is vital for gaining insights into the ‘ecology’ of processes of mediation in which we are all inextricably enmeshed — in which our behavior is not technologically determined but in which we both ‘use tools’ and can be subtly shaped by our use of them.
Western nations did extract wealth from their colonies, but that is only part of the story. Today, these nations, particularly the United states, invest big sums of capital which enable advance the technology and productivity of so-referred to as ‘backward societies’. Accurate they rake out more than they place in, because they must make some thing of their investment, but they also produce wealth that added benefits the recipient country.
I was asked by the editor of Reflective Practice to pen an essay commenting on Jacques Ellul’s classic book, The Technological Society, originally published as La Approach in 1954.1 The concern of the editor was with how Ellul’s argument holds up nearly 57 years later. There is 1 slight misnomer in the re-visited” title that I give to this essay.