What is it about?

The article examines how people working with Photoshop have defined and debated what it means to be a user of the application through an analysis of reviews published in magazines and on online forums.

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Why is it important?

Its theoretical contribution is that it applies mediation theory to the study of application software in a way that highlights its social and material dimensions. Its methodological contribution is that it studies software reviews, something that few scholars in the field have done.

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This is part of a broader project of mine that involves writing the cultural history of Photoshop using a cultural biography approach. While I specifically tackle reviewing Photoshop in this article, I have published many other articles and book chapters that explore other dimensions of Photoshop's fascinating and significant history.

Dr Frederik F Lesage
Simon Fraser University

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This page is a summary of: Reviewing photoshop, Convergence The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, August 2014, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1354856514545711.
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