TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN: Or, escape from infrastructure

We shouldn’t think, as McLuhan once quipped, that just because we talk about something we are in favor of it,” Critical Media Lab’s Jamie Allen answers, when I ask him if the exhaustive use of the term “infrastructure” has rendered its meaning, well, elusive. “Infrastructure as a concept can be a truly problematic Shibboleth,” he says, “leading to fetishization, a kind of messianism, or even further obfuscation.” But maybe, he suggests, we need to see persistent concepts like infrastructure “through their tougher times, not just abandon them.

On infrastructure, impossible escapes and turtles all the way down at transmediale 2017, for the transmediale journal.

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