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Media Technologies:Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2013
Author(s): Tarleton Gillespie; Pablo J. Boczkowski; Kirsten A. Foot
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Communication, Networking & Broadcasting ;  Computing & Processing ;  General Topics for Engineers
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Abstract

In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner

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      Front Matter

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Inside Technology, Title, Copyright, Contents, About the Contributors, Editors' Acknowledgments View full abstract»

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      Introduction

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Beyond the Plateau, How This Collection Came to Be, Part I: The Materiality of Mediated Knowledge and Expression, Part II: The People, Practices, and Promises of Information Networks, Note View full abstract»

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      The Materiality of Mediated Knowledge and Expression

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner View full abstract»

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      Materiality and Media in Communication and Technology Studies: An Unfinished Project

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction: Communication Meets STS, Artifacts and Materiality in STS, Artifacts and Materiality in Communication and Media Studies, Ways Ahead: Materiality and the Study of Communication Technology, Acknowledgments, Notes View full abstract»

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      Steps Toward Cosmopolitanism in the Study of Media Technologies: Integrating Scholarship on Production, Consumption, Materiality, and Content

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Story Behind the Story, Steps Toward Cosmopolitanism in the Study of Media Technologies, A Four-Quadrant Map, A Cosmopolitan Perspective for Scholarship on Media Technologies, Concluding Remarks, Acknowledgments, Notes View full abstract»

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      Closer to the Metal

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Hardware, or the Concurrent Realities of Infrastructure, Anonymous, or Sysadmins and Superusers, Spam, or the Problem of Concretism, Conclusions, Notes View full abstract»

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      Emerging Configurations of Knowledge Expression

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains sections titled: By Way of Introduction, How Did We Get Here?, The Database as a Knowledge Product, Where Are We Going?, Getting There, Envoi, Acknowledgments, Notes View full abstract»

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      “What Do We Want?” “Materiality!” “When Do We Want It?” “Now!”

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      Mediations and Their Others

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      The People, Practices, and Promises of Information Networks

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner View full abstract»

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      Making Media Work: Time, Space, Identity, and Labor in the Analysis of Information and Communication Infrastructures

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains section titled: Making Media Technology Work, Conceptualizing and Exploring Information Labor, Jumping Context with Informational Labor, The Difference That Labor Makes to Information Infrastructures, Less a Conclusion Than a Call to Action, Notes View full abstract»

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      The Relevance of Algorithms

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains section titled: Patterns of Inclusion, Cycles of Anticipation, The Evaluation of Relevance, The Promise of Algorithmic Objectivity, Entanglement with Practice, The Production of Calculated Publics, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, Notes View full abstract»

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      The Fog of Freedom

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains section titled: Freedom, Thought in Three Domains, Are Computers Libertarians?, Negative and Positive Liberty, Batch Processing, Mainframes, and Freedom of (Augmented) Thought, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, Notes View full abstract»

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      Rethinking Repair

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains section titled: Shipbreaking, Repair and Innovation, Knowledge/Power and Repair, Repair, Maintenance, and the Ethics of Care, How to Fix Technology Studies, Conclusion: Learning from Benjamin, Acknowledgments, Notes View full abstract»

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      Identifying the Interests of Digital Users as Audiences, Consumers, Workers, and Publics

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      This chapter contains section titled: Introduction—Why Consider Users?, User as Proletariat, Users as Publics, Users and Humanity, Users as Carers: Ethical Users, Conclusion View full abstract»

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      The World Outside and the Pictures in Our Networks

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner View full abstract»

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      References

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
      Copyright Year: 2013

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner View full abstract»

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      Author Index

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
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      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner View full abstract»

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      Subject Index

      Tarleton Gillespie ; Pablo J. Boczkowski ; Kirsten A. Foot
      Copyright Year: 2013

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      In recent years, scholarship around media technologies has finally shed the assumption that these technologies are separate from and powerfully determining of social life, looking at them instead as produced by and embedded in distinct social, cultural, and political practices. Communication and media scholars have increasingly taken theoretical perspectives originating in science and technology studies (STS), while some STS scholars interested in information technologies have linked their research to media studies inquiries into the symbolic dimensions of these tools. In this volume, scholars from both fields come together to advance this view of media technologies as complex sociomaterial phenomena. The contributors first address the relationship between materiality and mediation, considering such topics as the lived realities of network infrastructure. The contributors then highlight media technologies as always in motion, held together through the minute, unobserved work of many, including efforts to keep these technologies alive.ContributorsPablo J. Boczkowski, Geoffrey C. Bowker, Finn Brunton, Gabriella Coleman, Gregory J. Downey, Kirsten A. Foot, Tarleton Gillespie, Steven J. Jackson, Christopher M. Kelty, Leah A. Lievrouw, Sonia Livingstone, Ignacio Siles, Jonathan Sterne, Lucy Suchman, Fred Turner View full abstract»