Author Sung-Yueh Perng
Article Title Performing Tasks With Wi-Fi Signals in Taipei
Full text http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1206331215579749
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Source Space and culture. vol. 18, no. 3 (Aug. 2015), p. 285-297.
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Journal Title Space and culture.
Copy vol. 18, no. 3 (Aug. 2015), p. 285-297.
ISSN 1206-3312
Brief substance This article examines the process of constructing, repairing, and improvising “human–signal assemblages” by drawing on in-depth interviews and virtual ethnography regarding the engineering of Wi-Fi connectivity in Taipei, Taiwan. It is demonstrated that spatial, temporal, infrastructural, and embodied orchestrations of Wi-Fi signals both reinforce and challenge prescribed ways of conducting daily tasks. Continuity and change, enacted by attempts to incorporate Wi-Fi signals into daily urban life, are explored by discussing a wide range of practices performed by government entities, local companies and initiatives, and users themselves. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which machines, the city landscape, discourses, maps, and signs grow and multiply, as well as intersect and intervene with each other at various levels, locales, and stages of establishing Wi-Fi connections. The article thus argues for the importance of “machine juggling” as a skillful performance that mends, maintains, and improvises Wi-Fi-enabled urban everyday rhythms
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Full text http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1206331215579749

 
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