Theorizing digital experience: Four aspects of the infomaterial
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Kreps, David. (2021). Theorizing Digital Experience: Four Aspects of the Infomaterial. In Nik Rushdi Hassan & Leslie P. Willcocks (Eds.), Advancing Information Systems Theories: Rationale and Processes (pp. 219-237). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
With the goal of finding new philosophical foundations upon which indigenous theory can be built in information systems (IS), this chapter proposes building around the notion of infomateriality inspired from Henri Bergson’s focus on our experience of time that is both objective and subjective. Infomateriality may be understood via a process philosophy in which our exchange of information and the digital tools with which we now undertake that exchange become constitutive of the physical context in which we live and distinctions between mental and physical have become blurred. Empirically, such digital experience manifests are being studied in an ongoing Understanding Digital Events qualitative research project that reveals the nature of those experiences with the help of four aspects of the infomaterial—embeddedness, decoupling, representation and generativity.