[Air-l] 2nd CfP - Workshop CHI2006 - new user experience challenges in iT V: mobility & sociability

Nathaniel Poor natpoor at umich.edu
Mon Dec 19 08:40:24 PST 2005

Am I the only one who saw this last week and thought, "Oh my goodness, 
they're *still* working on interactive TV???!!!"

After the "We are going to make the web into TV" hype from clueless 
media co's in the mid-1990s....
After QUBE....
After videotex....

Going by... I think it's Fidler... new techs take 30 years to succeed, 
if indeed they are going to, it only needs about 10 more years (unless 
there is earlier iTV work, which there may be -- oh, wait, there is. 
Well, 30 years is here...)

iTV is not exactly one of my research areas, but it is all about 
control, power, capitalism, democracy, and hegemony, and those are cool 

iTV is, in some ways, a battle either for or against the Internet: 
either assumption of control over it (turning it into TV), or hoping to 
make it irrelevant. Like books, the Internet isn't going to go away 
overnight, but it might end up with a different name and different 
functionality (in fact this has happened several times since 1969).

One annoying and amusing aspect is that it is the same thing all over 
again, again. The videotex story, the iTV (interactive) story, the 
still-unfolding Internet story (well Lessig might say it's all over 
already), they're all the same. Probably others as well. Oh, radio! 
Even what we in the US call "public television." Maybe even 
public-access cable stations... always a sidelining of non-corporate 
interests (this is all totally US-centric, btw). (You could even throw 
the original Divx story in there: it's all about control, overreaching, 
and failure.) (I call it "the control devolution", punning on the 
Beniger and the Shapiro books.)

Perhaps I am too idealistic...

(And now, I will make a reference section for my email. Amazing.)

Fidler, R. (1997). Mediamorphosis : Understanding New Media. Pine Forge.

Kim, P. (2001). New Media, Old Ideas: The Organizing Ideology of 
Interactive TV. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 25(1), 72-88.

Kyrish, S. (2001). Lessons from a predictive history: What videotex 
told us about the World Wide Web. Convergence: The Journal of Research 
into New Media Technologies 7(4).

On Dec 19, 2005, at 5:40 AM, A.C.Roibas at bton.ac.uk wrote:

> (apologies for cross-posting)
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Workshop CHI2006 - Call For Papers
> Investigating new user experience
> challenges in iTV: mobility & sociability
> --------------------------------------------------------
> *Extended deadline: 9 January 2006*
> http://soc.kuleuven.be/com/mediac/chi2006workshop/
> Position papers are invited on the design of future interactive 
> television
> (iTV) scenarios characterized by pervasive communications in contexts 
> of
> entertainment, work and government, with special attention to the 
> social
> character of these applications and the implications for interface 
> design.
> The workshop will include thematically organized moderated group
> discussions.
> Submissions are invited on the following topics:
>     * unfolding experimental research methodologies to understand user-
> experience in future pervasive communication scenarios;
>     * sharing a roadmap of feasible scenarios and representative
> applications for ubi-iTV;
>     * exploring the potential of novel interfaces within pervasive
> communication scenarios for entertainment, work and government;
>     * accounts of the particular challenges of studying and designing 
> for
> sociability in social electronic media
>     * understanding and supporting sociability in social electronic 
> media
>     * evaluating sociability
> This one-day workshop wants to address these issues by bringing 
> together
> practitioners and researchers from different domains, but with the same
> concern for social interfaces on pervasive interactive television.
> We will select participants with diverse backgrounds based upon the
> relevance, insightfulness, and originality of their submissions.
> Submissions are expected in the form of 2-4 pages position papers,
> describing the area of research, specific work (empirical or 
> theoretical)
> on the workshop topic and the innovative character of the research at 
> hand.
> Submissions (in Conference Proceedings Publication Format) can be 
> uploaded
> on the website:
> http://soc.kuleuven.be/com/mediac/chi2006workshop/
> Timescale:
>     * Deadline for submissions: 9 January 2006 (extended)
>     * Feedback to authors: 31 January 2006
>     * Workshop at CHI2006: 22 April 2006
> Organizers:
> Dr. Anxo Cereijo Roibás (University of Brighton, UK)
> David Geerts (University of Leuven, Belgium)
> Prof. Elizabeth Furtado (University of Fortaleza, Brazil)
> Dr. Licia Calvi (University of Leuven, Belgium)
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Nathaniel Poor, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Communication Studies Dept.
Albion College

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