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Elizabeth Ellcessor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479813803

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479813803.001.0001

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Content Warnings

Content Warnings

Struggles over Meaning, Rights, and Equality

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Elizabeth Ellcessor

NYU Press

This chapter considers access to content, the meanings conveyed by digital media, asking: What is the information, meaning, or experience being pursued and why? What are the cultural values surrounding that content? How does this content, as a set of motivations and meanings, relate to the form in which it is delivered or received? Through examples including video games, Amazon Kindle, and governmental websites, this chapter investigates how content is imagined, produced, and received in relation to disability and technology. This includes analysis of how information has been prioritized over entertainment, pleasure, or self-expression in debates about access, as well as consideration of how accessibility challenges dominant understandings of copyright, free speech, and equal access by requiring differences in order to produce access to a given form of content.

Keywords:   experience, ethnography, disability culture, blogosphere, cultural accessibility, accessibility, identities, inclusion

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