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  1. Stacked Spaces: Mapping Digital Infrastructures.Till Straube - 2016 - Big Data and Society 3 (2).
    This article turns towards the spatial life of ‘digital infrastructures’, i.e. code, protocols, standards, and data formats that are hidden from view in everyday applications of computational technologies. It does so by drawing on the version control system Git as a case study, and telling the story of its initial development in order to reconstruct the circumstances and technical considerations surrounding its conception. This account engages with computational infrastructures on their own terms by adopting the figure of the ‘stack’ to (...)
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  • Crisis, Crisis, Crisis, or Sovereignty and Networks.Wendy Hui Kyong Chun - 2011 - Theory, Culture and Society 28 (6):91-112.
    This article addresses the seemingly paradoxical proliferation of coded systems designed to guarantee our safety and crises that endanger us. These two phenomena, it argues, are not opposites but rather complements; crises are not accidental to a culture focused on safety, they are its raison d'être. Mapping out the temporality of networks, it argues that crises are new media's critical difference: its exception and its norm. Although crises promise to disrupt memory – to disturb the usual programmability of our machines (...)
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  • Operative Media Archaeology: Wolfgang Ernst’s Materialist Media Diagrammatics.Jussi Parikka - 2011 - Theory, Culture and Society 28 (5):52-74.
    Media archaeological methods for extending the lifetime of new media into ‘old media’ have experienced a revival during the past years. In recent media theory, a new context for a debate surrounding media archaeology is emerging. So far media archaeology has been articulated together with such a heterogeneous bunch of theorists as Erkki Huhtamo, Siegfried Zielinski, Thomas Elsaesser and to a certain extent Friedrich Kittler. However, debates surrounding media archaeology as a method seem to be taking it forward not only (...)
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  • Hotspots for Textual Dynamics: Cultural Semiotic Approach to Digital Archives.Indrek Ibrus & Maarja Ojamaa - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (243):387-407.
    Digital cultural archives and databases are promising an era of heritage democratization and an enhancement of the role of arts in everyday cultures. It is hoped that mass digitization initiatives in many corners of the world can facilitate the secure preservation of human cultural heritage, with easy access and diverse ways for creative reuse. Understanding the dialogic processes within these increasingly vast databases necessitates a dynamic conceptualization of data they contain. The paper argues that this can be found in Juri (...)
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  • Online lockdown diaries as endurance art.Guobin Yang - forthcoming - AI and Society:1-10.
    When the city of Wuhan was severely locked down on January 23, 2020 for 76 days due to the coronavirus outbreak, many residents started writing “lockdown diaries.” This article argues these diaries constitute a kind of performance art for their authors, specifically, an 'art of endurance' as described by Shalson. Keeping a diary requires a plan, but the following through of the plan is a contingent process requiring efforts and endurance. The challenges become particularly daunting for authors of online diaries (...)
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  • At Close Quarters: Combatting Facebook Design, Features and Temporalities in Social Research.Stevie Docherty & Justine Gangneux - 2018 - Big Data and Society 5 (2).
    As researchers we often find ourselves grappling with social media platforms and data ‘at close quarters’. Although social media platforms were created for purposes other than academic research – which are apparent in their architecture and temporalities – they offer opportunities for researchers to repurpose them for the collection, generation and analysis of rich datasets. At the same time, this repurposing raises an evolving range of practical and methodological challenges at the small and large scale. We draw on our experiences (...)
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  • EPHEMERAPHILIA: A Queer History.Gillian Russell - 2018 - Angelaki 23 (1):174-186.
    This article has as its focus a queer object – an otherwise unremarkable ticket for an eighteenth-century assembly or ball in a collection of tickets made by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, an influential figure in the development of the British Museum in the Victorian period. I argue that the ticket is a tribute to a larger collection, also in the British Museum, made by Sarah Sophia Banks, in order to make claims for the attention to printed ephemera as a queer (...)
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  • Critical Hardware: The Circuit of Image and Data.Kyle Stine - 2019 - Critical Inquiry 45 (3):762-786.
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