Internauts, Punks and Infrastructure

Very interesting writing from Blay (pyratbyrian).

[...] if the internet is not to be considered an infrastructure that is put into place it must be considered something that needs to be performed. Latour said that technology is society made durable, but clearly he is neither a hacker nor an industry lobbyist. The construction of the internet is slower, more resistant and more inert than the fleeting performance of a theatre piece. But this is a difference in scale and in terms of the actors involved, not in principle. Viewing the internet as a performance not only has the consequence that it constantly needs to be maintained, but also, like any performance, that it might change from time to time and even run out of steam. A performance is an intervention in a specific context. It implies having to distinguish between which procedures make the internet the internet and which that are its superficial manifestations, rather than accepting the internet and its path of development as it is today as its final form.

Towards the end of the article, he goes:

Oval is better when he plays guitar, punk is more punk in other styles of music and the internet is more explosive in post-digital environments.

via Internauts, Punks and Infrastructure. Thanks to Goto80 for the original tweet and quote.

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