Digital Rubbish

Digital Rubbish

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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. Where other studies have addressed qdigitalq technology through a focus on its immateriality or virtual qualities, Gabrys traces the material, spatial, cultural and political infrastructures that enable the emergence and dissolution of these technologies. In the course of her book, she explores five interrelated qspacesq where electronics fall apart: from Silicon Valley to Nasdaq, from containers bound for China to museums and archives that preserve obsolete electronics as cultural artifacts, to the landfill as material repository. Digital Rubbish describes the materiality of electronics from a unique perspective, examining the multiple forms of waste that electronics create as evidence of the resources, labor, and imaginaries that are bundled into these machines. Ranging across studies of media and technology, as well as environments, geography, and design, Jennifer Gabrys draws together the far-reaching material and cultural processes that enable the making and breaking of these technologies. Jennifer Gabrys is Director of the Masters in Design and Environment in the Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London. digitalculturebooks is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library dedicated to publishing innovative and accessible work exploring new media and their impact on society, culture, and scholarly communication. Visit the website at window space, too, was filled up by machines for sale, all second-hand, nothing new. ... if disparate, aspect of electronic wastea€” that formless mass of peripherals and scrap, wires and printed circuit boards, that surfaces and settles in theanbsp;...

Title:Digital Rubbish
Author:Jennifer Gabrys
Publisher:University of Michigan Press - 2011


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