Our role as IT designers is to imagine and create the technologies of the future. In doing so, we are taking part in an ongoing cultural process of modernization that, since the early 20th century, has emphasized values such as expanding choice, productivity, and controlling one's time. I am writing this article over what is nominally my Christmas holiday. Although the university is closed, work-related email messages regularly pop into my inbox from colleagues back home, reminding me that a professor's work is never done. If I don't feel like handling them, I can always spend time cleaning out…
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