GUI faces/sticky ethics

Johnson, Laurie (2010) GUI faces/sticky ethics. Transformations (18). pp. 1-14.

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In 'Face-Interface, or the Prospect of a Virtual Ethics' (Ethical Space, 2007), I provided the rudiments of an ethical framework for computer mediated communication (CMC) based on the work of Emmanuel Levinas and, in particular, a redefinition of the concept of the 'face' on which the ethical relation hinges. The present paper resituates these claims within a more detailed analysis of the underlying assumptions driving research into CMC, which I argue is currently in the midst of a paradigm shift: the assumption of categorical difference between CMC and face-to-face (FTF) communication, supported by the trope of direct competition, is being replaced by more nuanced investigations into the role of presentations of faces in CMC and beyond. I contend further that the conclusions drawn in the previous article continue to hold good because the paradigm shift takes a direction that is matched to the general principle I have articulated as a necessary precursor to an ethics of the virtual: as the object changes, then so does the locus of the phenomenological investigation on which any ethical framework is to be founded. My argument is ultimately that any contingent framework also proves to be necessarily 'sticky' – that is, it clings to a notion of adherence rather than to an assumption of inherence – which, I contend further, is a crucial feature of any genuinely ethical ethics.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2010 03:07
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: CMC; ethics; face; Levinas; interface
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220305 Ethical Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500306 Ethical theory
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470299 Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4607 Graphics, augmented reality and games > 460799 Graphics, augmented reality and games not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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