Net Work: Ethics and Values in Web Design by H. Kennedy

By H. Kennedy

A exact examine of the paintings of internet designers, drawing on empirical examine conducted from the beginning of website design as a space of labor within the Nineties to its professionalisation within the twenty-first century.

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For Banks, the primary motivation for cultural producers working across all of these forms is aesthetic. , p. 96). This 42 Net Work: Ethics and Values in Web Design would seem to be a difficult claim to verify empirically, and there are many examples of alternative production which are driven primarily by ethical or political motives, such as media advocacy projects, which are much more concerned with the social benefits of media-making processes than the aesthetic qualities of finished media products.

Individualization releases ‘individual creativity ... under conditions of radical change’ (Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, 2002, p. xxi) rather than diminishing it. For Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, under regimes of individualization, new frameworks of ‘institutionalized individualization’ are established, in which individuals, rather than being subsumed and passive, must assert themselves. Thus, Banks writes: ‘a renaissance of alternative production may have occurred as a direct consequence of expanded opportunities for self-expressivity and biographical self-organizing amidst now demonstrably more individualized and “reflexive” social environments’ (2007, p.

P. xxvi). A number of other writers have also been concerned to highlight the ethical character of (some) economic activity. , p. 3). This concurs with Arvidsson A Framework for Thinking about Web Design 39 and Pietersen’s definition of ethics, in Aristotelian terms, as ‘obtaining the good life’ (2009, p. 26): To behave ethically is to subordinate one’s inclinations to a rational ethical rule: to do what we would all agree would be desirable for the good of human kind. ) Proponents of the moral economy, like Sayer, assert that ‘economic behaviour itself involves and depends on valuation, most obviously of use-values and exchange-values, but ethical and moral valuation is always also either present or latent’ (2004, p.

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