[Hatchet, so brief.]
Key concept: “logistical media,” elaborated in Shiga. Rossiter’s research is on global supply chains and the computational media that organize and networking their punctuated flows. Rossiter is less commonly cited in American media research but shows up pretty regularly in Parikka, Mackenzie, that whole Euro wing of media theory.
- “This book investigates the material and design dimensions of software systems operative within global logistics industries. It identifies how software-driven systems generate protocols and standards that shape social, economic, and cross institutional relations within and beyond the global logistics industries. Such operations result in the production of new regimes of knowledge and associated modes of “soft control” within organizational paradigms. The emergent “algorithmic architectures” are computational systems of governance that hold a variable relation between the mathematical execution of code and an “external” environment defined through arrangements of data. The capacity of algorithmic architectures to organize and analyze data on labor productivity in real-time, for instance, means that they operate as key technologies for governing labor within logistical industries. My claim is that this has implications for the scope of research on logistical media” (4).
This book is very much worth returning to as it works through vital questions re: supply chain capitalism, biopolitics, political geography, and the planetary ecologies of the data center as a form.