The operating system is thus a sort of meta-interface, an abstracted organizing principle, always one level removed. If, say, Twitter is a way of relating the self to a particular construction of the world, the operating system is a way of relating the self to that — and to Facebook, and Instagram, and one’s bank, and Yelp, and on and on for as many pages as your particular device has. The interface is thus a proxy self, the mediating layer between a body and a set of information, into which we project a simple, intuitive understanding of how we relate to the world through a screen.

Édouard Urcades