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Valuing digital possessions: The role of affordances.

Denegri-Knott, J., 2022. Valuing digital possessions: The role of affordances. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. (In Press)

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Abstract

In this paper we introduce an affordance-orientated approach for the study of digital possessions. We identify affordances as a source of value for digital possessions and argue that dominant meaning-orientated approaches do not enable us to fully appreciate these sources of value. Our work recognises that value is released and experienced in ‘the doing’ - people must do things with digital objects to locate and obtain value in and from them. We distinguish three levels of affordance for digital possessions – low, mid, and high – and introduce the concept of digital incorporation to explain how the three levels of affordances come together, with the individual’s own intentionality to enable the achievement of goals. We draw from postphenomenological interviews with 47 individuals in the UK to provide a possession-based and lived experience approach to affordances that sheds new light on their vital role in everyday life and goals.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1083-6101
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital possession; affordances; value; meaning; appropriation postphenomenology
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:37466
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 Sep 2022 09:26
Last Modified:21 Sep 2022 12:09

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