Networking power and authority


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  • The original artist to this is Tomas Saraceno, whose exhibition was called Galaxies forming along filaments (2009) viewable here
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  • There’s talking politics and being political Bruno Latour.
  • Superficially, networks appear to democratize communication and relations BUT....Examples early experiences of women in Internet communicationAnd
  • “Admit that humans have crawled or secreted themselves into every corner of the environmentAdmit that the environment is actually inside human bodies and minds,And then proceed politically, technologically , scientifically (as best as you are able)With care and humility, forbearance….:”as you might with unruly relatives to whom you are inextricably bound and with whome you will engage over a lifetime, like it or not. Give up the futility of trying to disentangle, to say its only a tool as if it had not tainted you and you it…Seek instead to engage civilly,Strategically?, with human and nonhuman alike… the ones you like and the ones that are harder to tame, the hopeful monsters as Law refers to them.Jane Bennett, Vibrant MattersSimilar thoughts also being expressed by Barad and by Lucy Suchman and by Helen Verran; Stories that interrupt…. That trouble…John LawUse of boundary objects to cross spaces, to move through resistance
  • Nothing is ever solved in the abstract, practice is always local, performed,Empirical research stories requiredPatti LatherResearch stories that interrupt, that trouble, telling stories that are not bound by niceness"An ache of wings ” Wanting to tell a victory narrative and knowing thats not the whole story, wrestling with how to tell of whats not so prettyPromethius“Prometheus transgressed the boundaries of the human condition. In hubris, or measureless presumption, he brought fire from the heavens and thereby Nemesis onto himself; he was chained to a Caucasian rock. An eagle preyed on his liver, and heartlessly healing gods kept him alive by regrafting it each night. The encounter with Nemesis made the classical hero of this epic tragedy an immortal reminder of inescapable cosmic retaliation….Everyman now becomes Prometheus; he has fallen prey to the envy of the gods in his inordinate attempt to transform the human condition. Nemesis has become endemic; it is the backlash of progress.” (Illich, 1989/199, p. ¶ 3)A humility to move forward knowing one never knows it all, that the whole picture is always only known from ones own situated reality, that other realities exist…that with the best of intentions, the tensions sometimes create, always create other outcomes… nonetheless, to study what is to inform how things might also always be otherwise.
  • Networking power and authority

    1. 1. Networking power and authority<br />Ailsa Haxell, Auckland University of Technology /Deakin University<br />Frances Bell, University of Salford<br />
    2. 2. Made in association<br />In actor-network theory: Actors are things that act, human or otherwise<br />Void in form<br />When, just as they are,<br />White dewdrops gather,<br />On scarlet maple leaves,<br />Regard the scarlet beads!<br />Ikkyu<br />translated by<br />Stryk & <br />Ikemoto<br />(1981)<br />Things can be made, more and less: Politics by association<br />
    3. 3. Points of tension<br />Every single “node” is both shaped and shaping<br />Continual movement<br />Networks within networks<br />Image by Bruno Latour<br />
    4. 4. Power and acquiescence:What are you shaping?& what’s shaping you?<br />
    5. 5. (FB) Power differences in (social) networks<br />Anonymity/ reduced social cues democratise?<br />All’s fair in love and citation<br />
    6. 6. Do power differences still exist within networks? <br />
    7. 7. (FB) f2f Relations in online setting<br />How do online and offline networks<br /> intersect?<br />How do channels and backchannels<br />complement/ contradict each other?<br />Will f2f presence be a privilege?<br /><br />
    8. 8. What might be different?<br />
    9. 9. Distributed knowledge? Distributed agency?Where is accountability located?<br />Conversation with a chatbot or with myself?<br />Me: Can you help me?<br />Dr Romulon: What kind of help would you like?<br />Me: I’m wondering if I ended it all, <br /> would I stop hurting?<br />Dr Romulon: Why do you wonder? Try it.<br />Me: I could take a lot of pills and never wake<br />Dr Romulon: I am sure you could.<br />Me: If I did would I go to heaven?<br />Dr Romulon: Try it.<br />
    10. 10. Engaging politically<br />
    11. 11. An “ache of wings” : a cautious Prometheus?<br />
    12. 12. Week’s strap line was  “Networked technologies have changed power and authority. This, networked learning has a great deal in common with approaches to learning that focus on personal empowerment and freedom. ”<br />
    13. 13. The threads<br />
    14. 14. Where does this take us?<br />