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Title:Children’s Film as Design Fiction: Ethics, Data, and Technology in Big Hero 6 and Zootopia
Author(s):Tulloch, Bonnie; Meyers, Eric M.
Subject(s):children’s media
information and communication technologies
Abstract:This poster explores how technologies and information are represented in recent children’s cinema, seeing these works as diegetic prototypes. We assert that contemporary “kidult” film can serve as a kind of design fiction to explore the ethical and technical tensions of information systems. This approach is supported through close readings of two Disney films, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia, both of which offer uncritical assessments of data aggregation and use in the effort to resolve a crime-adventure story. We sound a note of caution regarding how these films reinforce contemporary cultural concerns about data, privacy, and role of information in society.
Issue Date:2018
Series/Report:iConference 2018 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 is held by Bonnie Tulloch, Eric M. Meyers. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-07-12

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