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ERIC Number: EJ859547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
What Is Interactivity?
Smuts, Aaron
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v43 n4 p53-73 Win 2009
In this article, the author attempts to develop a definition of "interactivity" that meets two sometimes incompatible goals: the definition should be in accord with the best intuitions on how the term should be used, and it should usefully differentiate interactivity from related but incompatible concepts with which it is often confused. The author argues that the term "interactive" should be considered a general-purpose term that indicates something about that to which it is applied--whether this "something" is art, artifact, or nature. Before developing a theory of interactivity, the author analyzes five problematic definitions: (1) Terrence Rafferty's control theory, (2) Marie-Laure Ryan's making use theory, (3) David Saltz's input/output theory, (4) Dominic McIver Lopes's modifiable structure theory, and (5) Janet Murray's procedural/participatory theory. In each case, he reveals a problem that his final notion solves. After presenting a novel definition of "interactivity," the author defends the viability of his theory against several objections, including skeptical remarks that interactivity is a useless concept. (Contains 40 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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