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An In-between State

From the book Digital Roots

  • Benjamin Thierry

An In-between State



Interactivity is a term used in many fields of study including ergonomics, computer science, and psychology. It now refers to a wide variety of features that are particularly present in digital devices. How did interactivity emerge in the context of the 1960s as an inseparable quality of computers that paved the way for personal computing? And how has interactivity become so vital in capturing our attention and clarifying the digital world, a central component in our daily relationship with our increasingly technologized environment?

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