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Introduction

Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski

in Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039362
eISBN:
9780252097416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This introductory chapter provides an overview of signal traffic in the contemporary era of media globalization—an era characterized by contradictory global mediascapes and multiple media ... More


Deep Time of Media Infrastructure

Shannon Mattern

in Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039362
eISBN:
9780252097416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter discusses the significance of historical media infrastructures that precede the digital era. Adopting a media archaeological approach, it studies how historical networks layered in urban ... More


Fixed Flow: Undersea Cables as Media Infrastructure

Nicole Starosielski

in Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039362
eISBN:
9780252097416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the relationship between media content and the capacity of hard infrastructure, offering a framework for understanding how particular technologies, social practices, and natural ... More


“Where the Internet Lives”: Data Centers as Cloud Infrastructure

Jennifer Holt and Patrick Vonderau

in Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039362
eISBN:
9780252097416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines how recent depictions of data-center visibility function both as a mode of claiming corporate territory and as an obfuscation of the less picturesque dimensions of cloud ... More


Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039362
eISBN:
9780252097416
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This book uses the term “media infrastructure” to signal a shift in critical focus and approach that questions the international telecommunication network as a given. This book investigates how the ... More


Waves and Wires: Cities of Electric Sound

Shannon Mattern

in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781517902438
eISBN:
9781452958767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“Waves and Wires: Cities of Electric Sound,” describes how, since the mid-19th century, our urban atmospheres have been charged with electric and electromagnetic telecommunications: telegraph and ... More


Speaking Stones: Voicing the City

Shannon Mattern

in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781517902438
eISBN:
9781452958767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“Speaking Stones: Voicing the City,” considers how the city itself functions as a sounding board, resonance chamber, and transmission medium for vocality: public address, interpersonal communication, ... More


Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis: Aggregating Histories of Writing and urbanization

Shannon Mattern

in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781517902438
eISBN:
9781452958767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis…,” examines the entwined histories of brick-making, mark-making, and city-building. I examine how urban surfaces have served as substrates for writing, from ancient ... More


The Art of Waste: Contemporary Culture and Unsustainable Energy Use

Toby Miller

in Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039362
eISBN:
9780252097416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter addresses macrolevel environmental and resource questions that underpin the critical study of media infrastructures. It examines the “art of waste” and brings a discussion of e-waste. ... More


Steel and Ink: The Printed City

Shannon Mattern

in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781517902438
eISBN:
9781452958767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“Steel and Ink: The Printed City,” traces how, for over half a millennium, the printed page has informed the way we’ve imagined, designed, constructed, inhabited, administered, and navigated our ... More


Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Shannon Mattern

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781517902438
eISBN:
9781452958767
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Offering powerful new ways of thinking about our cities, Shannon Mattern goes far beyond the historical concepts of origins, development, revolutions, and the accomplishments of an elite few. Her ... More


Conclusion: Coding Urban Pasts and Futures

Shannon Mattern

in Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781517902438
eISBN:
9781452958767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

“Coding Urban Pasts and Futures,” uses the recent reconstruction of Palmyra’s destroyed Arch of Triumph as a case study to explore many themes that resonate throughout the book: the entangling of ... More


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