NECS CFP Graduate Workshop

Graduate workshop, Skill, deskill, reskill. Media uses as labour protocols, will also take place, during this year’s NECS conference.
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Is media interfaces development together with “user experience” discourse an emblem of deskilling economy? Is user-friendly technologies design – from semi-professional cameras to image and sound post production software – a distant cousin of Frederick Taylor’s ergonomics?

Classic Harry Baverman’s perspective sees labour history as a process of manufacturing knowledge monopolization through workflow advanced control. Modern history of craftsmanship decline has been fueled not only with mechanization and technological progress, but first and foremost, with the emergence of effective mind-body-tool relationship designing. Fifty-five years after Baverman’s Labour and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century and after many debates on his thesis we need to raise the question – in times and terms of cognitive cultural economy when everyday media users are digital content providers – in what way are media uses designed to be effective in profit-making?

The above raised issue of media use “productivity” brings up the issue of how “conducers” are acquiring skills necessary for their effective work. How dispersed are legitimized “prosumption” habits and protocols of use? How does media interfaces design help to learn handling competences? What are the conditions of corporeal unlearning and reskilling? This concerns not only mind-body-device dynamic relationship but social practices and competences as well. The evolution of dispositifs, of viewing and listening social practices challenges old habits and forces users do readapt. What are the technological and social instruments for these learning/unlearning/relearning processes?