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000261410 245__ $$aMedialab stories: how to align actor network theory and digital methods
000261410 260__ $$c2018-12-12
000261410 269__ $$a2018-12-12
000261410 336__ $$aJournal Articles
000261410 520__ $$aThe history of laboratories may become controversial in social sciences. In this paper, the story of Sciences Po Médialab told by Venturini et al. is discussed and completed by demonstrating the incoherence in the choice of digital methods at the Médialab from the actor network theory perspective. As the Médialab mostly used web topologies as structural analysis of social positions, they were not able to account for the propagation of ideas, considered in actor network theory as non-humans that have their own agency. The main arguments in favour of the ‘more continuous social’ developed at the Médialab (quali-quanti, following the actors, zooming) proved to be as misleading as the network metaphor. The distribution of agency that actor network theory so successfully expands was paradoxicallty reduced to structures and individual preferences, to the detriment of the agency of replications that circulate entities in the form of messages, content or memes, and that should now become the next step for actor network theory-style digital methods.
000261410 542__ $$fCC BY-NC
000261410 6531_ $$aDigital methods, actor network theory, quantification, agency, replications, web studies
000261410 700__ $$aBoullier, Dominique$$0249651$$g264553
000261410 773__ $$q1-13$$k2$$j5$$tBig Data & Society
000261410 790__ $$2url$$whttps://doi.org/10.1177%2F2053951718816722
000261410 8560_ $$fdominique.boullier@epfl.ch
000261410 8564_ $$uhttps://infoscience.epfl.ch/record/261410/files/Medialab%20stories%20Big%20data%20z%26%20Society%2C%202018%20final%20version.pdf$$s180329
000261410 909C0 $$zDespont, Jacqueline$$xU13070$$pDHI-GE$$mkathleen.collinsmarton@epfl.ch$$msabine.susstrunk@epfl.ch$$0252600
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