[-empyre-] a Question

Julian Oliver julian at julianoliver.com
Wed Oct 28 10:08:35 EST 2009


..on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 10:20:19PM +0000, sdv at krokodile.co.uk wrote:
> I may have missed this during the past month but has anyone here 
> actually talked about the cost of networks and whether the network forms 
> are sustainable ? given that the network is currently estimated at using 
> 5% of the daily energy resources. Energy which is required just to 
> enable a 'reader' to view the rather cramped screens..
> 
> I'm sure that I'm missing the point of this but on the other hand since 
> the most interesting technological arguments I have come across in the 
> past few years have been for 'slow tech', technology built to last - I'm 
> simply unsure how attractive the new media and networking technologies 
> appear.

Or, a polar generalism:

A general reduction in dependence on the Internets would negatively impact upon
distribution of numbers, ideas, memes and resources aiding reduction of carbon
footprints more generally. 

As such, the carbon footprint of /not/ using the Internets may be higher than
using it.

Chicken, meet egg,

Julian

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> 
> 
> Anna Munster wrote:
> > I'd now like to bring Anna Gibbs and Maria Angel into the discussion, perhaps as 'other voices' and I've intro'd them below. They aren't authorial contributors to Networked but hopefully they might become contributors anyway!
> >
> > I'm wondering if either of you might comment upon the question of reading new media/networked writing. We've had a lot of discussion the difficulty of reading dense theoretical writing in online environments and hence of people participating in the Networked project. Do either of you have any comments about the screen (broadly speaking) as a reading interface and/or the role and place of the reader in collaborative and participatory writing?
> >
> > best Anna
> >
> > BIOGRAHIES
> > Anna Gibbs is Associate Professor in the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. A specialist in affect theory, she works across the fields of cultural, textual and media studies and her most recent publications are in Cultural Studies Review, Interrogating the War on Terror (ed Deborah Staines) and forthcoming in The Affect Reader (eds Greg Seigworth and Melissa Gregg). A writer of experimental fiction, she also collaborates with visual artists and has recently curated an exhibition on Art, Writing and the Book. She is currently working on a project about Writing in the Media Culture with Maria Angel, and together they have published essays in Literature and Sensation (ed Anthony Uhlman and Helen Groth) and forthcoming in Beyond the Screen (eds Joergen Schafer and Peter Gendolla).
> >
> >
> > Maria Angel is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Current research interests include the transformation of literary genres in new media contexts, theories of writing, memory, and corporeality. She has published essays in the areas of literary aesthetics and visual rhetoric. More recently she has worked on the convergence of theories of affect with writing and new media. Her current collaboration with Anna Gibbs theorises the emergent field of literary writing in digital media and they are currently completing a manuscript At the Interface: Writing, Memory, and Motion.
> >
> >
> > A/Prof. Anna Munster
> > Director of Postgraduate Research (Acting)
> > Deputy Director Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics
> > School of Art History and Art Education
> > College of Fine Arts
> > UNSW
> > P.O. Box 259
> > Paddington
> > NSW 2021
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> > 612 9385 0615(fax)
> > a.munster at unsw.edu.au
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