[Air-L] Metaphors in Technology

Mariana Goya mgoyam at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 8 18:45:33 PDT 2008

You might find useful two papers by Steve Jones, in which he analyzes internet terminology (and metaphors) borrowed from other areas such as tourism and urban planning:

Jones, S. @Henryparkesmotel.com
Jones, S. Infostructures, the Internet and Urban Planning.

Research by Katherine Hayles can be useful for metaphors about computers and artificial intelligence, 


> Hi All,
> I am working on a project dealing with the use of metaphor in
> communication about technology, as well as communication within
> software.  I am trying to compile a list of metaphors used on the
> and in computer software.  For example, the "shopping cart" in
> shopping, PowerPoint using "slides", "dialog" boxes in operating
> systems, "bulletin boards", etc.
> Have any of you come across or perhaps even thought of other
> employed in software, online or off, or in communication about
> technology?  I would like to make a giant list of examples.
> Also, any recommended readings would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance for any help!
> -Gordon Carlson
> -University of Illinois at Chicago
> -PhD Student of New Media Communication and RA in Electronic  
> Visualization Lab

Mariana Goya M
Doctoral student in Communication at the Institute of Communication Research
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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