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On the Meaning of Screens: Towards a Phenomenological Account of Screenness.

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Human Studies
Issue number1
Volume29
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)57-76
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper presents a Heideggerian phenomenological analysis of screens. In a world and an epoch where screens pervade a great many aspects of human experience, we submit that phenomenology, much in a traditional methodological form, can provide an interesting and novel basis for our understanding of screens. We ground our analysis in the ontology of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time [1927/1962], claiming that screens will only show themselves as they are if taken as screens-in-the-world. Thus, the phenomenon of screen is not investigated in its empirical form or conceptually. It is rather taken as a grounding intentional orientation that conditions our engagement with certain surfaces as we comport ourselves towards them �as screens.� In doing this we claim to have opened up the phenomenon of screen in a new and meaningful way.