The post-functional paradigm: Leaving space in the design for an appropriating user

Kristoffer Solberg Hansen & Mark Jensen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

With this thesis we will give an overview of what we see is a paradigm shift for viewing technology. Using mainly theories focusing on philosophy of technology, we establish an overview of a rationalistic, deterministic stance towards technology that we call the Functional Paradigm. Applying this view to a series of Tactical Interventions, its shortcomings became evident mainly in the users' appropriation of the artifacts presented to—or taken away from—them. This enabled us to establish a shared understanding of what we call a Post-Functional Paradigm. This views technology as being a non-neutral, influential part of our lives that we need a deeper understanding of, rather than treating it as a rational, problem-solving machine. In conclusion, we establish the main principle of the Post-Functional Paradigmatic view as using technology in aiding the modern user in solving problems that cannot be reduced to entities existing in pre-defined Problem Spaces. We argue the novelty of computers must be washed away to view technology as a means to an end rather than being the center of our problem solving behavior.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2011
Number of pages176