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Chapter 9: How to Infrastructure
Resources appear, too, as shared visions of the possible and acceptable dreams of the innovative, as techniques, knowledge, know-how, and the institutions for learning these things. Infrastructure in these terms is a dense interwoven fabric that is, at the same time, dynamic, thoroughly ecological, even fragile.
(Bucciarelli, 1994: 131)
The central topic of this chapter is the infrastructure that subtends new media: overwhelmingly for our purposes this means the Internet in all its guises. We seek to explore the development and design of infrastructure; our main argument will be that a social and theoretical understanding of infrastructure is key to the design of new media applications in our highly networked, information convergent society.
When we think of infrastructure ...