Elemente einer Praxistheorie der Medien

Koordinieren Delegieren Registrieren/IdentifizierenDas Interesse dieses Texts gilt einem praxistheoretischen Vokabular, das sowohl für die Geschichte digitaler Medien geeignet ist als auch für die Erforschung rezenter digitaler Medienkulturen, ihrer Öffentlichkeiten und Infrastrukturen. Die folgenden Ausführungen adressieren daher einerseits durch Praktiken hervorgebrachte Eigenschaften und andererseits analytisch bestimmbare sozio- und kulturtechnische Charakteristika von Medien, die sich aus den Gebrauchsformen heraus verallgemeinern lassen.

PDF-Datei des Artikels (Lizenz: CC BY-NC-ND).

Erschienen in der Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 19 (2018), S. 95-109.

Money, Credit, and Digital Payment 1971/2014: From the Credit Card to Apple Pay

NFC terminal with iPhone 6, video still, 2014The article intertwines the history of the American credit card, its standardization, and interactional realization with the latest developments in payment systems. Understanding both credit cards and systems like Apple Pay or blockchain-based applications as part of an administrative longue durée, it argues for a different understanding of the Internet of Things. It should be understood both as a technical-informational and as an accounting infrastructure, with tensions arising between both segments.

Check out the full text, published in Administration and Society’s special issue on ICT@Administration at https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399718794169.

Blockchains in Action

BitterCoin © César Escudero Andaluz, Martín Nadal. How does a distributed ledger become a medium? Why do people count on blockchain as a future technology? Our research project does not answer these questions on an abstract level. We rather aim to explore the development and operating of blockchain infrastructure on site. Initially, we conduct interviews with stakeholders working on applications for payment systems and the Internet of Things.

Blockchains in Action assumes that development and transformation processes can be observed in local material practices of cooperation. We understand blockchains as infrastructural and public media. Their capacities for mediation only become observable in practice, which we approach through a combination of ethnography and media theory.

You are working on a blockchain-based project and want to get into conversation with us? We’d be glad to! Please contact us at sebastian.giessmann@uni-siegen.de and ronja.trischler@uni-siegen.de or via Twitter: @blockchainsIA.

Starting grant at the CRC “Media of Cooperation”,
Siegen University, 2018–2019

Photograph (c) César Escudero Andaluz, Martín Nadal.