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[new] What about Linker? (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#6)
by amy on Thu Nov 13th, 2003 at 04:48:11 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Another piece of social software which Matthew Fuller has written about but seems more in line with your work, Sophia, is Linker by Mongrel. I'm curious about your thoughts?

Moreover, when does the quest for "user-friendliness" cross the line into exercising too much control? By simplifying what users may do with software, projects like Linker also place tight limitations on structure and content, and assume a distinct role in authorship of whatever the user creates with them. Perhaps this is useful in some broader context: software that overtly limits what users can do with it reminds us how software that attempts to behave transparently also restricts and controls users. (In much the way software art projects like Auto-Illustrator also seek to point out authorship issues through parody.) But how do the users of such programs respond? Do they see the glass of software restrictiveness/empowerment as half-empty or half-full?

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