Redesigning Culture: Chinese Characters in Alphabet-Encoded Networks

  title={Redesigning Culture: Chinese Characters in Alphabet-Encoded Networks},
  author={B. Zimmermann},
  journal={Design and Culture},
  pages={27 - 43}
  • B. Zimmermann
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Design and Culture
  • ABSTRACT This article discusses the difference between two ideas of what written language can be—the Roman alphabet versus Chinese characters—and what happens when this difference is embodied in everyday devices such as computers or mobile phones in the People's Republic of China today. The article's main argument is that this highly contrasted opposition brings to light an alternative to the problem of the concept of “culture,” in the context of the design and use of artifacts, if we consider… CONTINUE READING


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