What is it about?
Some social and engineered systems rely on fixed ideas, as well as technical components, in order to work. This paper shows how to identify these ideas, allowing system designers to modify their influence.
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Why is it important?
System analysts and designers have assumed that all ideas are brought into social and engineered systems by system users. Their role in system design and performance has therefore been ignored. Recognising fixed ideas (memes) as necessary functional components of systems allows analysts and designers new avenues to modify systems. This can support the improvement of beneficial systems (e.g. energy and food production and distribution) and the disruption of detrimental ones (e.g. crime and terrorism).
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This page is a summary of: Accounting for memes in sociotechnical systems: extending the abstraction hierarchy to consider cognitive objects, Ergonomics, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2019.1603403.
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