Carnival in the global village: Re-imagining information infrastructures
|Title:||Carnival in the global village: Re-imagining information infrastructures||Authors:||Kavanagh, Donncha; Miscione, Gianluca||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11095||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 infrastructure; Bitcoin; Cryptocurrencies; Carnival; Bakhtin; Games; Carnivalesque||DOI:||10.1080/01972243.2019.1647321||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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