Carnival in the global village: Re-imagining information infrastructures

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Title: Carnival in the global village: Re-imagining information infrastructures
Authors: Kavanagh, DonnchaMiscione, Gianluca
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Date: 12-Aug-2019
Online since: 2019-10-01T12:34:51Z
Abstract: Infrastructures are typically seen as boring and serious, and are routinely depicted using metaphors from transportation. We argue that the carnival is a fruitful metaphor for understanding emerging information infrastructures, as the information age is also the age of the carnival. We distinguish between the ubiquitous or distal carnival and its particular manifestations – the proximate carnival – both of which are characterized by play, anarchy, dissimulation, vulgar language, and excessive consumption. The article focuses on Bitcoin, which we see as a nascent information infrastructure and an exemplary instance of a proximate carnival. It also considers how the carnival metaphor might help us reimagine our study of the information age.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: The Information Society: An International Society
Start page: 1
End page: 15
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Authors
Keywords: Information infrastructureBitcoinCryptocurrenciesCarnivalBakhtinGamesCarnivalesque
DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2019.1647321
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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