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A computer is a screen, is a cell phone, is plastics, is a microwave, is a copper coil…: On the fluidity of electronic waste
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab.
2016 (English)In: Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, ISSN 1918-2104, Vol. 10, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2016. Vol. 10, no 1
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125651OAI: diva2:970507

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