Realistic & Formalist Interaction

After our discussion about film theory, I have been pondering over the question Jeff asked at the end of last class about what would be an example of realistic vs formalist interaction in our field of Interaction Design.

Here is one that comes to my mind….

The use of Avtars compared to using the individual’s original picture as a profile picture on an Instant Messenger or a social network.  However, here the individual is the director of the content and controls the decision about staging; or about how closely the profile picture is a reflection of the self. On the realistic end, individuals put their original photos as a profile picture. And on the formalistic end, they create imaginative or idealized version of the self in the form of avatars.

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