“Media Always and Everywhere: A Cosmic Approach.”

Kember, Sarah and Zylinska, Joanna. 2016. “Media Always and Everywhere: A Cosmic Approach.”. In: Ulrik Ekman; Lily Diaz; Morten Søndergaard; Jay David Bolter and Maria Engberg, eds. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture. New York: Routledge, pp. 226-236. ISBN 9780415743822 [Book Section]

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Computational ubiquity constitutes a conceptual and political challenge for those who want to take techno-human relations and environments seriously without just pandering to the financial and political interests of the techno-industry. Our response is therefore twofold: we take a careful look at ubiquity understood both as a discursive trope and a lived materiality while also extending the model of ubiquitous computing to what we are provisionally figuring as “cosmic media”, with all the serious playfulness this concept involves. Cosmic media is about communication across scales and about Big Thinking in history, computation and media that can also be read as small – as masculinist, reductionist and scientistic for example. Rather than seeking a “just right” resolution of scale manifest in the Goldilocks principle, we offer a retold story of cosmic media and computational ubiquity through the more provisional “just” right Goldilocks perspective.

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16 Dec 2016 14:54

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