I deeply appreciate the culmination that this article leads to after getting introduced to various topics in the past two weeks.

As Jeff mentions, the article is concerned with professional criticism which is explained to require developing sensibility and expertise in the field. It further implies, through examples that are pulled from the literature, that criticism is formed around art, certain works, or what Turner referred to as “cultural expressions”. This is enforced by the parallel drawn to support interaction criticism as a deep involvement to achieve a better understanding during and after design.

However, and here’s my inquiry, it seems that interaction criticism (as well as criticism) revolves around the design of the artifact itself.. Although is concerned with the artifact, the context, the user, and the designer, it still starts from an “artifact” or “work of art” perspective. Criticism as described seems that it is also useful in examining any cultural activity.. any social situation.. any human condition, such as a conversation with a friend, cooking dinner, or feeling crappy after doing bad on the exam. By employing criticism here means that it becomes useful as inquiry prior to design; a lens to understand people and their “micro cultural expressions” in addition to considering the potential “interface” or “design” or “work of art”.

Well, now upon writing that I think I bypassed the definition of criticism, and restated what is already established in ethnography: to negotiate a deeper understanding of people’s subjectivity.. I don’t know.. Please help me distill this out!

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