First, I must say that I was quite impressed with Laurel’s use if Aristotle’s model in application to human computer interaction. The six elements as described by Laurel are all important and certainly are hard to consider independently. Even if they are hard to imagine working independently, I found myself drawn to the idea that without language, the other elements would not easily relate. Language is presented by Laurel as”in the selection and arrangement of signs…verbal, visual, auditory, and other nonverbal phenomena when used semiotically.”
I interpret that to mean both the images. media, audio, words, etc. on the hardware and the software, Human/computer interactions (drama) may not be possible without language. Am I reading too much into that description? What do you guys think?