Do We Fix it or Burn it Down? Towards Practicable Critique at CSCW

Jacob Thebault-Spieker, Stevie Chancellor, Michael Ann Devito, Niloufar Salehi, Alex Leavitt, David Karger, Katta Spiel

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CSCW has a rich interdisciplinary and methodological history, and our work focuses on designing and building technologies for collaboration and community as well as evaluating and critiquing these technologies. At the intersection of these interdisciplinary perspectives comes a tension playing out in formal and informal venues: is CSCW's role to fix and improve existing technologies, or is it to start over and build anew? In this panel, we address this question with an eye towards enabling practicable critique within CSCW, and help navigate this tension that arises in our interdisciplinary community. Our panelists reflect methodological diversity in CSCW and positional differences on these questions. We look forward to a lively, spirited discussion between panelists that build on three provocations and engage the community on this important and critical issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2021 - Conference Companion Publication of the 2021 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384797
StatePublished - Oct 23 2021
Event24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2021Oct 27 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


Conference24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

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