Montfort

Montfort wrote, “Historically, “interactive” has been used with precision to distinguish computer processes that respond to user input during execution from batch processes that are completely configured beforehand and run without any user intervention”. If there isn’t any user intervention then how was it considered “interactive? I don’t feel like that question was answered. It’s obvious in this reading that the interpretation of “interactive” today has changed. For us to consider something interactive we automatically imagine something like gaming or anything that involves us having an input and it affecting the outcome. I find this also true for the internet. With have to be interactive with the internet in order for it to give us what we are asking for. The “interactor” has to add input to the address bar or search bar in order for it to work the way we want it to. When Montfort mentioned that “There is also the strong suggestion that it was written solely for male computer geeks…” it reminded me of one of our other readings that mentioned how the web and society is structured through masculinity and how the web appeals to mostly males. One of the examples shown in class about how it seems like more males are active with the web was the blogging example.

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