Open Conference Systems, Catac 2016

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“DOCTOR SMARTPHONE”: A CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF THE NORWEGIAN PRESS’S ATTITUDE TOWARD M-HEALTH APPLICATIONS
Margaret Machniak Sommervold

Last modified: 2016-06-11

Abstract


In 2014, more than 2.6 million people above the age of 12 read paper newspapers every day, which illustrates the newspaper outreach and importance in informing Norwegian citizens. The rapid growth of the field of m-health has not gone unnoticed by the mainstream media in Norway. This article presents a Dispositive Analysis, an approach within the Critical Discourse Analysis based on Foucault’s discourse theory, of 18 articles concerning health applications in Norwegian. The analysis resulted in an interpretation of the technology views as theories of technology, which informed the discussion in this paper. Further, the newspaper articles are understood as discursive practices and analyzed by applying the concept of dispositives. The article suggests inclusion of Dispositive Analysis as part of Participatory Design processes as means of enriching the design practices as well as addressing the call for the democratization of technology.


Keywords


health-apps; Dispositive Analysis; theory of technology; knowledge

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