Homescreens are our most familiar portals into the digital world, but how often do we visit each others' homes?
Personalization is commonplace within interface design—and as we customize our experiences with interfaces, they mold themselves to fit our expectations. We often know what to expect when we open a new window on our computer; we expect to see a familiar landscape with familiar paths of action presented to us. But how often to we assume the universality of a personalized experience? How often do we look into the windows and landscapes of others? What happens when we open a window into someone else's home?
"Clicking most often simply takes us to something other and yet other again with most of these clicks carefully monitored by your favorite search engine, which then conveniently sells you back to yourself." - Lori Emerson (2014, p. 40), Media Scholar