Networked Media: Class 8

Reading response

Agre scrutinized the effect of computer programs and data architecture on production and information consumption, revealing the pitfalls of institutional practices guided by the seemingly efficient and problem-solving computer systems, and the false equivalence of the data itself as its representations.

He drew attention to the similarity between division of labor of the production lines in the early 20th century, and the structuring of data in the computer system. In particular, he criticized “the concept of information served to abstract the common functionality of these media without drawing any particular attention to the representational nature of media themselves, or to the facts about the world that these media conveyed.

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