“There are interesting parallels in the debates between Williams and McLuhan and those between STS and ANT…”

“There are interesting parallels in the debates between Williams and McLuhan and those between STS and ANT . . . Williams and many STS traditions can be seen to foreground the social at the expense of an appreciation of the cognitive or esthetic, while McLuhan and some variations of ANT tent to privilege networks and specific media to the exclusion of social and economic structures. There are useful elements to be gleaned from both sides . . . In an age of ‘intelligent agents’ and everyday engagements with various machine-based intelligences, we should take seriously the notion that our perceptual and cognitive facilities may be shifting, even as we understand that these shifts are part and parcel of larger cultural forces.” (8)

Tara McPherson – Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected