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dc.contributor.advisor Lisa Parks. en_US Kerich, Christopher en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies. en_US 2017-09-15T15:28:08Z 2017-09-15T15:28:08Z 2017 en_US 2017 en_US
dc.description Thesis: S.M. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, 2017. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description.abstract Utilizing critical and feminist science and technology studies methods, this thesis offers a new framework, called critical breaking, to allow for reflective and critical examination and analysis of instances of error, breakdown, and failure in digital systems. This framework has three key analytic goals: auditing systems, forging better relationships with systems, and discovering elements of the context in which these systems exist. This framework is further explored by the examination of three case studies of communities of breaking practice: video game speed-runners, software testers, and hacktivists. In each case, critical breaking is further developed in reflection of resonant and dissonant elements of each practice with critical breaking. In addition, artistic productions related to these case studies are also introduced as inflection points and potential alternative expressions of critical breaking analysis. The goal of this thesis is to provide a way to engage with breakdown and error and more than simply the negation of the good or as a sensationalist talking point, and instead use it as a fecund place for reflective, analytic growth. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Christopher Kerich. en_US
dc.format.extent 104 pages en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights MIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. en_US
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dc.subject Humanities. en_US
dc.subject Comparative Media Studies. en_US
dc.title Critical breaking en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. in Comparative Media Studies en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Humanities. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 1003284415 en_US

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