A computer is a screen, is a cell phone, is plastics, is a microwave, is a copper coil…: On the fluidity of electronic waste
2016 (English)In: Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, ISSN 1918-2104, Vol. 10, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Informed by previous studies that employ Actor Network-Theory (ANT), this article discusses electronic waste (e-waste) as fluid objects. The concept of ‘fluidity’ or ‘fluid’ includes an object’s ability to flow and thereby change shape, and therefore obstructs any attempt to explain e-waste in terms of a single state of being. Traditionally, fluidity has been used as a means to capture the changing characters of objects while they are being used. Elaborating on the notion of fluidity or the fluid in relation to e-waste serves both to expand previous understandings of fluidity to also encompass the status of objects as they are discarded, and to challenge traditional understandings of e-waste as the end point in the object’s lifecycle.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 10, no 1
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125651OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-125651DiVA: diva2:970507
Mobile trash issue2016-09-132016-09-132016-11-29Bibliographically approved