[Working from a paper copy, so a little scatter-shot.]
- Scale issues: “As the chapters in this volume demonstrate, the ramifications of media for the life processes of our planet are beyond measure” (2). Citations of Parikka and Nixon.
- Three goals of the book: 1) to make connections b/t film/media that thematize the environment and those infrastructures that condition the production of the environment as such; 2) attending to medium specificity beyond the confines of traditional media analysis, i.e. in objects such as Geiger counters; 3) identifying existing environmental media practices (3). In the shift to practice, think w/ Siegert and the turn to technique.
The third and fourth sections of this collection are the most useful: in the third, Gabrys, Parikka, and Cubitt offer quick syntheses of their imminent book projects; the fourth is specifically concerned with the problem of scale.
Note Gabrys’ idea of “re-thingification” (192), a materialist research process similar to media archaeology that re-inscribes materiality as a way to attend to the processes of mutual becoming. “Thingness” is then multiple, not reducible to an interior one-ness. The thingness of the Internet of Things is always this multiplicity.
Parikka also shifts from Kittler’s “so-called Man” to “so-called Nature.” Kittler undergirds the turn to materiality
I’m particularly struck by Peter Krapp’s contention re: the category of the “planetary” in media studies: Beyond representation, “a full-fledged planetary consciousness requires us to recognize the struggle between colonializing space on, inside, above, and around our planet through media-technical world images, and the pivotal insight that this very same high-tech human involvement on the planet makes an irrevocable difference in the ecosystem” (265).