Resisting the “Natural”: Rhetorical Delivery and the Natural User Interface
The author critiques the emerging paradigm in the field of human–computer interaction known as the natural user interface (NUI), typically exemplified by gestural interfaces, haptic feedback systems, touch-sensitive displays, wearable hardware, and the like. Recent rhetorical theories about the canon of delivery, theories that consider the intersection of the body and technology in the act of communication, offer a lens through which we can read and interrogate the NUI, as well as the emergent genres of digital communication born of them. Left unexamined, the NUI paradigm potentially affords unequal degrees of access to users based on differences in class, gender, culture, race or ethnicity, ability, and other factors.
KeywordsAugmented Reality Natural User Interface Command Line Interface Oculus Rift Rhetorical Theory
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