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Computers as Theatre, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Brenda Laurel

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional

Published Date: Sep 21, 2013


Now, two decades later after the release of the first edition, Brenda Laurel has revised and revamped her classic Computers as Theatre, reflecting all that's happened, all she's learned, and emerging technologies that will transform human-computer interaction yet again. Beginning with a clear analysis of classical drama theory, Laurel explores new territory through the lens of dramatic structure and purpose. This new edition, directed to a far wider audience, is written more simply and elegantly, packed with new examples, and replete with exciting and important new ideas. It is utterly unique among books on interface/interaction design.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

About the Author xxiii


Chapter 1: The Nature of the Beast 1

The Interface 2

Throw the Baggage Out 16

Theatre: More than an Interface Metaphor 28


Chapter 2: Dramatic FoundationsPart I: Elements of Qualitative Structure 41

Hoary Poetics 41

The Four Causes, or Why Things Are the Way They Are 49

The Six Elements and Causal Relations among Them 57


Chapter 3: Dramatic FoundationsPart II: Orchestrating Action 79

Whole Actions 79

Dramatic Potential: The “Flying Wedge” 82

Dramatic Anatomy 95


Chapter 4: Dramatic Interactors: Collaboration, Constraints, and Engagement 109

Human-Computer Interaction as Mediated Collaboration 110

Constraints 128

Engagement: The First-Person Imperative 139


Chapter 5: Design Heuristics 149

Computer as Medium 149

Interface Metaphors: Powers and Limitations 151

The Primacy of Action 156

Designing Character and Thought 163

Understanding Audiences 170


Chapter 6: New Terrain in Interaction Design 177

Methods and Media 177

Extending the Geometry of Dramatic Interaction 199

Design for Emergence 207

Design for the Good 215


References 221

Index 231

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