Device as Memory

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Of a person - for instance an old cell phone reminds one of the relationships and communication that passed through that place.

In "My Laptop" tech journalist Annalee Newitz writes about the linkage of her attraction to WizNet contact Gonif, mentioning that her "affection or Gonif determined [the] relationship with my computer. How could it not? To this day, every time I boot up my machine, I see a shadow of him flicker past" (Annalee Newitz in Turkle, 90).

Because the machine represents the human -- and the way to get to the human is through the interface, which ends up taking on, and reminding the person of the characteristics of a person.

Evocative Objects: Things We Think With