Gaza Everywhere: exploring the applicability of a rhetorical lens in HCI


  • Omar Sosa-Tzec Indiana University 901 E. 10th Street Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Erik Stolterman Indiana University 901 E. 10th Street Bloomington, IN 47408
  • Martin A. Siegel Indiana University 901 E. 10th Street Bloomington, IN 47408



Visual Enthymeme, Rhetoric, Persuasive Technology, Experience Design, Design Theory


By examining application software as a type of rhetorical artifact, it is possible to highlight its social, ethical and moral implications. In this paper, we explore one possibility for such a lens: application software functioning as a visual enthymeme. To explore the applicability of that concept in HCI, we analyze one web application as a first step. In our analysis, we observe that interaction and usability are two features that support an application in functioning as a visu- al enthymeme. Also, online sharing could help the user take the role of the arguer. Our analysis allows us to outline the elements of a user-centric persuasive experience and shows promise for further explorations regarding the applicability of rhetoric in HCI. 


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How to Cite

Sosa-Tzec, O., Stolterman, E., & Siegel, M. A. (2015). Gaza Everywhere: exploring the applicability of a rhetorical lens in HCI. Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, 1(1), 4.



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