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Wirelessness
Author: Adrian Mackenzie

ISBN: 9780262014649
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 15 November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2
Description:
How has wirelessness--being connected to objects and infrastructures without knowing exactly how or where--become a key form of contemporary experience? Stretching across routers, smart phones, netbooks, cities, towers, Guangzhou workshops, service agreements, toys, and states, wireless technologies have brought with them sensations of change, proximity, movement, and divergence. In "Wirelessness, " Adrian Mackenzie draws on philosophical techniques from a century ago to make sense of this most contemporary postnetwork condition. The radical empiricism associated with the pragmatist philosopher William James, Mackenzie argues, offers fresh ways for matching the disordered flow of wireless networks, meshes, patches, and connections with felt sensations. For Mackenzie, entanglements with things, gadgets, infrastructures, and services--tendencies, fleeting nuances, and peripheral shades of often barely registered feeling that cannot be easily codified, symbolized, or quantified--mark the experience of wirelessness, and this links directly to James's expanded conception of experience. "Wirelessness" designates a tendency to make network connections in different...

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