The Shutdown Method: A Resource Kit
AuthorRiddle, M; ARNOLD, M
PublisherUniversity of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Author/sArnold, Michael
AffiliationPhilosophy, Anthropology And Social Inquiry
CitationsRiddle, M. & ARNOLD, M. (2008). The Shutdown Method: A Resource Kit. University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
G4 - Major Reports and Working Papers
This paper presents a resource kit for researchers interested in looking at technology use. The Shutdown Method is a qualitative research approach to facilitate the analysis of the use of technologies by observing what happens without them. A similar approach known as the Cold Turkey Method was used at RMIT University in Australia as part of a Media and Communications course. The idea and the name were also partly inspired by the annual International Shutdown Day (Bystrov and Taylor 2007), a social experiment in which people from around the world are requested to go without their computer for a day. In each case, the purpose of forgoing technology is to bring the everyday experience of technologies into sharp relief.
KeywordsPhilosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified; Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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