Re-Thingifying the Internet of Things

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Re-Thingifying the Internet of Things. In: Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker, eds. Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 180-195. ISBN 9781138014060 [Book Section]

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Through the use of sensors, networks and data collection, the Internet of Things is meant to make everyday practices and infrastructures more efficient and “sustainable.” Yet these digital technologies also generate new material and environmental effects, particularly through increasing amounts of electronic waste. After first addressing emerging developments within the Internet of Things, this chapter proposes the adoption of a strategy for “re-thingifying” the Internet of Things. Re-thingification would account for the distributed material and environmental effects and relations of the Internet of Things, while attending to the possibilities of things to incite new forms of media theory and practice.

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Media Studies, Digital Media, Environmental Studies, The Internet of Things, Science and Technology Studies, Electronic Environmentalism, Electronic Waste

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25 Apr 2016 13:12

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11 Oct 2019 16:18


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