Entrapment

In exploring the concept of algorithm generated identities, I analysed the ideas of entrapment and its association. I have undertaken key background research on the topic of ‘entrapment’, its meanings and or representations to justify my idea proposal in its narration of entrapment.

Entrapment is defined in two terms ‘as to catch in or as in a trap’ and to ‘lure into danger or difficulty, or a compromising situation’ (The Free Dictionary 2014). With relating to my design idea which involves placing individuals inside a form of bounding box, the box is a form of ‘trap’, a cage in which compromises a certain situation that individuals cannot get out of. The idea lures people into viewing themselves on a screen in which they are in this comprising situation, in which dispite every single movement they take they will always be confined to this box.

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The digital world sees no boundaries and allows for no escape, thus creating this idea of digital entrapment (loosoo 2009). This reflects the concept of algorithm generated identities in that we as individuals have no escape from the identities which technology forms upon us and furthermore these identities limit us and trap us in what is deemed a compromising situation.

References 

The Free Dictionary, 2014. Entrapment [online]. The Free Dictionary. Available from: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/entrapment [Accessed 29th November 2014].

loosoo11, 2009. Digital Entrapment [online]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bGiilSep_k [Accessed 29th November 2014].

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