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WirelessnessRadical Empiricism in Network Cultures$
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Adrian Mackenzie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014649

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014649.001.0001

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Sorting Inner and Outer: Wirelessness as Product, Wirelessness as Affectional

Sorting Inner and Outer: Wirelessness as Product, Wirelessness as Affectional

(p.145) 6 Sorting Inner and Outer: Wirelessness as Product, Wirelessness as Affectional

Adrian Mackenzie

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This chapter, which focuses on a single trait of conjunctive experience, and explores how it can be wielded as a radical empiricist technique, develops a way of working with affectional dimensions of wirelessness by scaffolding radical empiricism in three respects. First, it deploys William James’s account of the sorting of experience as either inner or outer in relation to media treatment of wireless products, and second, drawing on James’s account of affectional states, emphasizes equivocal, provisional suspensions between inner or outer. The chapter explores how the equivocal suspended state of affect entangles wireless devices in the organization of markets around products. Third, any account of the economic life of contemporary wirelessness must address media processes of subjectification. Here the work of Maurizio Lazzarato and Gabriele Tarde is used in order to understand how subjectifying forces come from and feed back into the economic life of wirelessness.

Keywords:   conjunctive experience, radical empiricism, William James, wireless, experience, wireless products, affectional states, subjectification, Maurizio Lazzarato, Gabriele Tarde

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