The network is not the territory: on capturing mobile media

  • Cellular mobile networks, in which devices constantly relay their location and their movements, are formed by the motion of end devices in relation to the position of radio towers. As a matter of principle, it is this motion that allows the location of devices to be identified within the network. The article argues that the emergence of mobile media based on cellular triangulation has introduced an ontology in which, by technical necessity, the position of every object is constantly registered and objects that do not have an address do not exist. The location and movement of all participants are, at all times, a known technical variable. With Xeros PARC’s “ubiquitous computing” as a reference case, the article scrutinizes how movement triggers the process that registers the locations of mobile phones or smartphones, a development it situates against the cybernetic imagination of determining the location and the movement of an object at the same time.

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Author:Florian Sprenger
Parent Title (German):New media & society
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Place of publication:London [u. a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/01/01
Date of first Publication:2019/01/01
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/05/05
Tag:Philip Agre; addressability; capture; cellular triangulation; cybernetics; digital cultures; german media theory; media archeology; mobile media
Page Number:20
First Page:77
Last Page:96
Institutes:Neuere Philologien / Neuere Philologien
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 07 Publizistische Medien, Journalismus, Verlagswesen / 070 Publizistische Medien, Journalismus, Verlagswesen
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht