Street Use

In blogging Kevin Kelly’s piece on “Better than free” (read that post here), I came across another site that he maintains, titled “Street Use,” self-described as follows:

This site features the ways in which people modify and re-create technology. Herein a collection of personal modifications, folk innovations, street customization, ad hoc alterations, wear-patterns, home-made versions and indigenous ingenuity. In short — stuff as it is actually used, and not how its creators planned on it being used. As William Gibson said, “The street finds its own uses for things.”

The similarities between the idea of street use and my Looking for It project are uncanny (see my blog posting about that here). I can see this site as being useful not just for my project but also for my CEP917, Knowledge, Media, Design class.

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