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Here is a video of my lecture at the University of Michigan, “Digital tool plans and models.”
Gina Neff, author of “Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries,” speaks on “Plans and Models: Digital Tools, Sticky Practices and the Thorny Problem of Innovation” during this talk at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her lecture was part of the Digital Futures Lecturre Series cosponsored by UMSI and the Department of Communications Studies.
Increasingly, communication researchers are issuing calls for attention to the role materiality plays in communication processes (e.g., Boczkowski, 2004; Boczkowski & Lievrouw, 2008; Leonardi & Barley, 2008; Leonardi, Nardi, & Kallinikos, 2013; Lievrouw, 2013). Resulting in part from the challenges of studying new communication and information technologies, this new focus on materiality offers opportunities for communication researchers to theorize beyond communication through, with, and, in some cases, without a medium to think about the material structures of mediation itself. In this chapter we propose a model for thinking through the communicative roles and functions of the materiality of everyday objects, by using one type of objects, documents, as an extended theoretical example of the importance of materiality for communication.
Neff, Gina, Brittany Fiore-Silfvast and Carrie Sturts Dossick. “Materiality: Challenges to Communication Theory,” International Communication Association Theme Book 2013: Challenging Communication Research. New York: Peter Lang, 2014. Pp 209-224.