By Means of Which: Media, Technology, Organisation

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This chapter traces and interrogates media, technology, and organization in their foundational relations, their forms, and their constraining and loosening effects and affects. The folding of humans and technology works both ways: human bodies can, too, be apprehended prosthetically as extensions of technologies. The notion of media then applies to any object that conditions the structure of a certain situation and the specific possibilities of perceiving, acting, and thinking in it. If we begin with this understanding of technology and media as fundamental, conditional, and infrastructural, then how organization takes place is predicated upon such apparatuses. The task is then not one of finding better uses of desks, smartphones, presentation software, or high heels, for all of these have modes of subjectification scripted into them. Rather, it is remaining alive to the hesitations already provided: the glitches, accidents, misuses, and alternative projections, and to wander and wonder with them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology, and Organization Studies
EditorsTimon Beyes, Claus Pias, Robin Holt
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date12.12.2019
ISBN (Print)978–0–19–880991–3
Publication statusPublished - 12.12.2019