Pause Button Issue 5: Whose User Experience?

Guest edited by Selena Ross

Coordinated by Kathryn Jezer-Morton


Pause Button Issue 5: Whose User Experience?

How Maker Culture Anticipates a Future of Empowered Tech Users

The Maker Movement has been subject of much debate in education for a few years now. Schools have had wood shops for decades and there are many vocational programs out there. So why is making so different, and what is the fuss about? Making has its origins in the do-it-yourself culture where people make things …

Simpler Than Ever? Online Grocery Shopping With Seniors

Debbie wants to get groceries without leaving her apartment. This is what she tells me during the “Internet workshop” I’m facilitating at a seniors’ low-income housing residence in Montreal. They are part of a series of Online Literacy workshops I’ve been facilitating for the past year and Debbie is one of many seniors participating. The …


Pause Button is an online publication about technology and culture published by the Milieux Institute at Concordia University in Montreal. 

Have you ever noticed how the vast majority of public writing about technology in Canada (digital or otherwise) happens in the business pages of newspaper and magazines? While arguably at the core of our contemporary social experience, there is almost no critical engagement with technology as culture. Compare, if you like, technology writing in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, or Atlantic magazine in the US, or even Wired. Canada has Spark on CBC radio but that’s about it. And so we aspire to produce high quality writing about technology and culture in our Canadian and our Montreal context. As our springboard we will use the work, issues, relationships, and networks of the 200+ members of the Milieux Institute at Concordia. Our work at the Institute will aspire to be communicated via Pause Button, not as public relations or accountability, but as a matter of developing the skill of good public writing that adds value and meaning for readers beyond our workplace.