[Air-L] Metaphors in Technology
Paul Emerson Teusner
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Sat Jun 28 18:29:01 PDT 2008
How about the metaphor of "space" as referred to the entire Internet?
paul emerson teusner
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Sent: Sunday, 29 June 2008 5:23
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Subject: [Air-L] Metaphors in Technology
Many of you have helped me compile a list of technology metaphors.
Several asked to see the list. So here we go. The following is a
list of metaphors related to technology and its use. The emphasis is
clearly on digital technology but some others are in there as well.
If you have additions to the list PLEASE do send them along, I would
like to keep the list growing. If you have a dispute or other comment
that should make for interesting conversation, as metaphorical as it
might be on a mail list.
Thanks for all your help!
active and inactive
blog - web log??
brick and mortar
broken record (not digital but still a technology metaphor)
calculating (as in a person is cold and calculating)
citizen of the internet - netizen
cloud (storage and computing)
dial a touch phone
dial up internet access
drop a packet
forward (as in to forward an email)
garbage in, garbage out
grinding (used in gaming to get lots of a resource)
mining, especially data mining
open (as in a file or email)
owning someone (as in to defeat someone in a game, not unique to
technology basis for pwned)
programmed or hardwired people
quad (a couple people mentioned this but I don't know why it is a
metaphor, any help?)
reserving a "seat" for an online course
slides in powerpoint
speed dial (Opera browser)
tap (as in a line or phone which is no longer literal)
the computer going to "sleep"
the whole concept of a virtual open house
wiping out a team of players (gaming, not unique to technology)
world wide web
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