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Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures

MIT Press

How has wirelessness--being connected to objects and infrastructures
without knowing exactly how or where-- become a key form of contemporary experience?
Stretching across routers, smart phones, netbooks, cities, towers, Guangzhou
workshops, service agreements, toys, and states, wireless technologies have brought
with them sensations of change, proximity, movement, and divergence. In
Wirelessness, Adrian Mackenzie draws on philosophical techniques from a century ago
to make sense of this most contemporary postnetwork condition. The radical
empiricism associated with the pragmatist philosopher William James, Mackenzie
argues, offers fresh ways for matching the disordered flow of wireless networks,
meshes, patches, and connections with felt sensations. For Mackenzie, entanglements
with things, gadgets, infrastructures, and services--tendencies, fleeting nuances,
and peripheral shades of often barely registered feeling that cannot be easily
codified, symbolized, or quantified--mark the experience of wirelessness, and this
links directly to James's expanded conception of experience.
"Wirelessness" designates a tendency to make network connections in
different times and places using these devices and services. Equally, it embodies a
sensibility attuned to the proliferation of devices and services that carry
information through radio signals. Above all, it means heightened awareness of
ongoing change and movement associated with networks, infrastructures, location, and
information.The experience of wirelessness spans several strands of
media-technological change, and Mackenzie moves from wireless cities through
signals, devices, networks, maps, and products, to the global belief in the
expansion of wireless worlds.
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Mackenzie, Adrian
Adrian Mackenzie is Reader and Codirector at the Centre for Science Studies at
Lancaster University, U.K.

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