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Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics
This is a study of the material life of information and its devices; of electronic waste in its physical and electronic incarnations; a cultural and material mapping of the spaces where electronics in the form of both hardware and information accumulate, break down, or are stowed away. Electronic waste occurs not just in the form of discarded computers but also as a ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by U OF M DIGT CULT BOOKS
(first published March 2011)
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Some of the points Gabrys makes are painfully obvious--but still the terms "immaterial workers/economies" makes me want to puke and Gabrys provides a robust critique of techno-utopian dematerializing rhetorics (operative since Francis Bacon) of disembodied democratic economies of pure and liquid light--as these spaces and economies never reduce materiality but displace it. Fascinating, also, is the co-evolution of plastics and computing, the dispersal and automatization of NASDAQ, and a new ...more