Computer Interface as Representation of Oppression of Diverse Cultures

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Richard J. Selfe’s contribution to the writing and digital pedagogies is best represented by him and his wife, Cynthia L. Selfe who expresses not dissimilar concerns with computers in the classroom, in their analysis of the computer interface as a symbolic result of the white, upper-middle class domination of technology that has oppressed cultural diversity. Richard Selfe facilitates creating a provocative and intriguing view of why teachers need to be more aware when implementing technology in the classroom. For instance, they assert the ethnocentric of equating the computer with a desktop stating, “that interface, and the software applications commonly represented within it, map the virtual world as a desktop, constructing virtual reality by association, in terms of corporate culture and the values of professionalism” (Selfe and Selfe 73).

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