Data Motility: The Materiality of Big Social Data

Mark Coté

Abstract


In this article, the author uses Foucault's largely overlooked but vital concept, the dispositif, in relation to the recent rise of mobility, explosion of data and proliferation of platforms and apps. With a focus on how data an individual generates increasingly moves autonomously of their control, he presents the dispositif of ‘data motility’ to develop a new materialist analysis of the digital human as a discursive and non-discursive assemblage.

Keywords


dispositif; Foucault; Hadloop; business media; new materialism

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