Internet Society investigates Internet use and its implications for society through insights into the daily experiences of ordinary users. Drawing on an original study of non-professional, 'ordinary' users at home, this book examines how people interpret, domesticate, and creatively appropriate the Internet by integrating it into the projects and activities of their everyday lives.
Chapter Two: Technology in Everyday Life
Technology in Everyday Life
Introduction: What is Everyday Life?
In this chapter, my goal is to develop an approach to studying technology users that breaks away from viewing them as a partner in an asymmetrical relationship where most, if not all, initiative and power rests with either technology itself or its producers. I invoke and examine the concept of everyday life in an effort to distinguish the position of the user of technology and, specifically, the Internet, from the organizational contexts in which development, design and production of technology takes place. These contexts are, to a large degree, centred on the technology itself, while everyday life presupposes a focus on the human being who lives it. Everyday life cannot be reduced to the ...