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Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures

Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski


This book uses the term “media infrastructure” to signal a shift in critical focus and approach that questions the international telecommunication network as a given. This book investigates how the material artifacts of media infrastructure—transoceanic cables, mobile telephone towers, Internet data centers, and the like—intersect with everyday life. The chapters confront the multiple and hybrid forms networks take, the different ways networks are imagined and engaged with by publics around the world, their local effects, and what human beings experience when a network fails. Some chapters exp ... More

Keywords: material artifacts, media infrastructure, transoceanic cables, mobile telephone towers, Internet data centers, everyday life, networks, industrial relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039362
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Parks, editor
University of California-Santa Barbara

Nicole Starosielski, editor
New York University

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Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski

Part I Compression, Storage, Distribution

Chapter 1 Compression

Jonathan Sterne

Chapter 2 Fixed Flow

Nicole Starosielski

Chapter 3 “Where the Internet Lives”

Jennifer Holt and Patrick Vonderau

Part II Resources, Environments, Geopolitics

Chapter 7 Cellular Borders

Helga Tawil-Souri

Part III Content, Protocols, Platforms