Can news media be regarded as infrastructure? And if so, how useful might Star and Ruhleder’s eight dimensions of infrastructure be as used an analytical tool for tackling the medium of news (Star and Ruhleder, 1996)? I tackle two of their eight dimensions; embeddedness and transparency. For empirical data I rely on work as a… Continue reading Infrastructure, news and impartiality
Can infrastructures ever be neutral? Politicians often say: ‘just create infrastructures then businesses can take care of the rest’. This implies that infrastructures are neutral, and has become a common neoliberal trope. In this blog I argue, as have other anthropologists, that infrastructures are rarely neutral (Winner 1980, Taussig 1997, Anand 2011, Larkin, 2013, Harvey… Continue reading A Walk Through London: What happens when one infrastructure breaks down?