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Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski, and Kirsten A. Foot

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262525374

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262525374.001.0001

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Mediations and Their Others

Mediations and Their Others

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(p.129) 7 Mediations and Their Others
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Media Technologies
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Lucy Suchman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262525374.003.0007

Reviewing essays by Pablo Boczkowski and Ignacio Siles, Leah Lievrouw, Finn Brunton and Gabriella Coleman, and Geoffrey Bowker, this commentary reflects upon the challenge of articulating the many ways in which media and technologies, both conceptually and materially, are implicated in one another's existence. These issues are considered more specifically in the context of a project focusing on media technologies that infuse military weapon systems relying on a distributed network of real-time satellite imaging, video feeds, instant messaging, radio communications and remote controls. These configurations shift our focus from consumer technologies (though not from the presence of industry vendors), to extended historical, political and economic infrastructures of information and communications technologies and their associated interpolations of bodies and machines.

Keywords:   military systems, configurations, infrastructures, bodies

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