Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Political subjects/objects

I'm back. Fitter, happier, more productive.

A couple of things this morning:

Peter says "folksonomies aren't interesting from an 'emerging technology' perspective -- they're interesting from a social and cultural perspective". Yup, and not least because they involve contextual (i.e. political) values instead of universal (i.e. apolitical) truths. But am I the only one who wonders what folksonomies have in common with Volkswagens?

The New York Times looks at mosquito nets "made in Kenya, paid for in Geneva, arranged for in Atlanta, demonstrated in Somji" and struggling to be distributed around Nigeria with de-worming drugs. The story quite nicely draws out the networks and flows of people, objects and ideas that demonstrate how technologies are always already political.

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