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Title:Information as Performance: Mobile Technology, City Streets and the Anti-Tourist
Author(s):Lingel, Jessa
Subject(s):urban informatics
information practices
Abstract:This paper looks at the extent to which information is performative, meaning that in addition to having a role in gathering, evaluating and/or circulating data, information is also deeply tied to identity work. Drawing on interviews with 26 participants, all of whom had moved to New York City in the last two years, I analyze references to using technology - specifically mobile technology - in order to avoid looking like a tourist. From an urban informatics perspective, this phenomenon provides a means of opening up discussion into the inter-relatedness of people, technology and urban space. From an HIB perspective, my discussion offers a means of addressing the performative nature of information, which is vital to understanding information in the context of everyday life.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Lingel, J. (2014). Information as Performance: Mobile Technology, City Streets and the Anti-Tourist. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 755 - 762). doi:10.9776/14356
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Other Identifier(s):356
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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