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Andersson, L. (2019). From closet-fill to toxic sublime: The aesthetics of e-waste. In: 18th Annual STS Conference Graz 2019: Book of Abstracts. Paper presented at 18th Annual Conference of the Science Technology and Society, Graz, Austria, May 6-7, 2019 (pp. 58-59).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From closet-fill to toxic sublime: The aesthetics of e-waste
2019 (English)In: 18th Annual STS Conference Graz 2019: Book of Abstracts, 2019, p. 58-59Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Electronic waste (e-waste) has a peculiar relation to space. It is well-documented how a large part of discarded electronic devices still remain in people’s homes, instead of reaching the recycling centres. This is especially true with digital media and communication technologies such as computers and mobile phones (ironically the devices with the shortest life cycles). This phenomenon has been described by the term “closet-fill” (as opposed to land-fill). However, representations of electronic waste in public discourse such as news reports, seldom focus on this aspect. Instead, they tend to portray e-waste dumping sites as strange, almost alien spaces. Sublime imagery invites the viewer to a contemplation over Western consumerism in a fashion recognizable from visual arts. Consequently, imagery of electronic waste has also become an object of aesthetic value in the works of renowned visual artists such as Pieter Hugo and David LaChapelle, who have gained recognition because of this inclusion of imagery of e-waste in their photographic art. The aim of this paper is to address these aesthetic qualities of electronic waste. The purpose is to contribute to the expanding literature on media materialities and waste with a conceptual understanding of manifestations of electronic waste in popular discourse. The paper draws on theories on media aesthetics, environmental communication and waste management to build an analytic framework that explores the benefits and limitations of presenting electronic waste as an aesthetic object. Empirically it engages in analyses of visual representations of electronic waste. The paper addresses the tension between aesthetic contemplation/appreciation, and critical information. It could be argued that if e-waste is to be presented and understood as an urgent topic, there might be a problem if it is portrayed as something strange, exotic or even beautiful. The concept ”toxic sublime” has been used in analyses of visual representations of pollution, and Peeples (2011: 383) argues that this construction of the toxic as sublime comes with a risk: “It may predispose people to look for toxins in the extraordinary, as opposed to on the shelves of their garages”. It could be argued that e-waste faces a similar problem. The focus on the sublime strangeness of e-waste “dumping sites” is an ineffective way of creating proximity and urgency to the e-waste problem, something that takes place somewhere else than in our homes. LeBel (2015) argues that e-waste aesthetics fails to address the temporal dimension of waste (e.g. planned obsolescence, toxicity). This paper intends to add to that argument by highlighting the tension between the closet-fill and the toxic sublime

Keywords
Media, e-waste, aesthetics, digitalization
National Category
Media and Communications Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39333 (URN)
Conference
18th Annual Conference of the Science Technology and Society, Graz, Austria, May 6-7, 2019
Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2019-05-09Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. (2019). I’m a 21st century digital boy – skatepunk masculinity. In: Peter Jakobsson & Fredrik Stiernstedt (Ed.), Fritt från fältet: om medier, generationer och värden. Festskrift till Göran Bolin (pp. 69-88). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I’m a 21st century digital boy – skatepunk masculinity
2019 (English)In: Fritt från fältet: om medier, generationer och värden. Festskrift till Göran Bolin / [ed] Peter Jakobsson & Fredrik Stiernstedt, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2019, p. 69-88Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2019
Series
Mediestudier vid Södertörns högskola, ISSN 1650-6162 ; 2019:1
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39270 (URN)978-91-88663-62-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. (2019). It’s critical: The role of critical thinking in media and information literacy. In: Challenging the field: Communication, Creativity and Imagination. Paper presented at NordMedia 2019, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, August, 21-23, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>It’s critical: The role of critical thinking in media and information literacy
2019 (English)In: Challenging the field: Communication, Creativity and Imagination, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim with this paper is to explore the question what critical thinking might mean in a media and information literacy (MIL) context, and do so by investigating how critical thinking is expressed in three reports that relate MIL to radicalization awareness and counter extremism. The purpose is to engage with recent debates about MIL and new research on critical thinking, and contribute to a grounded and theoretically informed foundation for discussing MIL competences. The analysis shows how critical thinking for the most part was referred to in casual terms together with concepts such as democracy, creativity, citizenship. Those descriptions that were more detailed and concrete about what to expect from critical thinking in a MIL-framework come close to what can be described as a gnostic influence: critical thinking as a skill to reveal hidden meanings, to see through propaganda and flawed arguments. In other words, a critical thinking that asks people to doubt what they see.  This understanding is problematized in relation to writings on media literacy and critical thinking.

National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40455 (URN)
Conference
NordMedia 2019, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, August, 21-23, 2019
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. (2019). Mainstream Coverage of Alternative Media. In: Joshua D. Atkinson and Linda Kenix (Ed.), Alternative Media Meets Mainstream Politics: Activist Nation Rising (pp. 143-158). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mainstream Coverage of Alternative Media
2019 (English)In: Alternative Media Meets Mainstream Politics: Activist Nation Rising / [ed] Joshua D. Atkinson and Linda Kenix, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019, p. 143-158Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019
National Category
Media and Communications Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39444 (URN)978-1-4985-8434-0 (ISBN)978-1-4985-8435-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. (2019). The good life in an age of deep mediatization: Exploring a normative agenda for media studies. In: Challenging the Field: Communication, Creativity & Imagination. Paper presented at NordMedia 2019, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, August, 21-23, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The good life in an age of deep mediatization: Exploring a normative agenda for media studies
2019 (English)In: Challenging the Field: Communication, Creativity & Imagination, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim with this paper is to address the perennial question what it means to lead a good life, and to rephrase that question in a context where human life has become enmeshed in digital media for information and communication. The purpose is to contribute to recent debates on mediatization , to relate to the notion of existential health and well-being, and finally to suggest a normative agenda for how media studies can engage with concerns over the role digital media plays in our lives. In doing so I draw on findings from my previous and current research on bystander photography at accident sites, and pathologization of media use as found in the establishment of diagnoses such as interned addiction disorder and gaming disorder. The aim is to illustrate how these phenomena initiate public negotiations and provoke imaginaries about what is a good life in an age of deep mediatization. This approach has normative as well as critical implications.

Central research questions: how has the question of “the good life” been addressed in relation to technology? What definitions or notions of a “good life” are present or implied in public negotiations of digital technology? How can the relation between digital technology and the responsibilities of the welfare state be understood in terms of “the good life”?

”The good life” was introduced as a philosophical problem already in ancient Greece, most notably by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics. Since then it has resurfaced throughout Western history of ideas where it becomes intertwined with intellectual investment in science and technology and the modern project. Critical theory introduced a potential conflict between the rationality that governs technological progress and the rationality of the good life. Recently, the concept of “the good life” attracted media scholars’ attention, and it was the theme for ICA conference 2014. It is also behind the interest in concepts such as ”media life”, ”digital existence”, ”elemental media”, ”deep mediatization”, and the paper engages in a discussion with that research and the question what it means to live a good life under these conditions.

National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40454 (URN)
Conference
NordMedia 2019, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, August, 21-23, 2019
Available from: 2019-08-26 Created: 2019-08-26 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. (2018). Conspiracy theories and critical thinking. In: : . Paper presented at UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018, Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers, and Change Makers, Kaunas, Lithuania, October 24-25, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conspiracy theories and critical thinking
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38246 (URN)
Conference
UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018, Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers, and Change Makers, Kaunas, Lithuania, October 24-25, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-08Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. & Danielsson, M. (2018). Intervention and participation: A study of children’s involvement in the design of media literacy interventions. In: : . Paper presented at 2nd International Media Literacy Research Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, April 20, 2018 (pp. 15-15).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intervention and participation: A study of children’s involvement in the design of media literacy interventions
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents findings from a review of articles about media literacy interventions, with the purpose to discuss the value of child participation in the design of such interventions. The findings indicate that while numerous studies present evaluations of media literacy interventions, it is rare that the design processes behind these interventions are described. The most popular form of media literacy intervention is a school curriculum aimed towards tweens and teens. We argue for a closer attention to the ways in which media literacy interventions are designed in order for us to better understand when child participation can be beneficial.

National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36698 (URN)
Conference
2nd International Media Literacy Research Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, April 20, 2018
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. (2018). Understanding and analysing online conspiracy theories and communities. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Education in a Democratically Troublesome Time, Örebro, Sweden, 30-31 oktober, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Understanding and analysing online conspiracy theories and communities
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38245 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Education in a Democratically Troublesome Time, Örebro, Sweden, 30-31 oktober, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-31 Created: 2018-10-31 Last updated: 2018-11-08Bibliographically approved
Sundin, E., Stenberg, H., Nyman, C. & Andersson, L. (2018). Using Sensitive Visual Data: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Developing New Ethically Informed Methodologies. In: : . Paper presented at XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 15-21, 2018, Toronto, Canada.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using Sensitive Visual Data: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Developing New Ethically Informed Methodologies
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In today's digitized society, some phenomena need to be addressed in research in order to build knowledge and understanding that can be used to maintain integrity and safety for individuals. In this paper, we address the problematic issue of smartphone bystanders in accident scenes. Photographs and videos of victims in difficult circumstances, often with no possibilities to claim their own integrity, are widely posted on social media - and the phenomenon seems to be spread in many cultures. Photographs and videos become communicative "data" in content analysis of social media platforms, but what do researchers need to be aware of in analyzing and reporting research findings in this particular area? We believe that interdisciplinary approaches are useful when it comes to exploring and developing ethically informed methodologies in order to safeguard researchers working with sensitive data drawn from social media and the Internet in areas of social complexity.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38310 (URN)
Conference
XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, July 15-21, 2018, Toronto, Canada
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L. & Danielsson, M. (2018). Voice, Decision, Responsibility: Child Participation in the Design of Media Literacy Interventions. In: : . Paper presented at 68th Annual ICA Conference, Voices, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Voice, Decision, Responsibility: Child Participation in the Design of Media Literacy Interventions
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Media Studies Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36876 (URN)
Conference
68th Annual ICA Conference, Voices, Prague, Czech Republic, May 24-28, 2018
Available from: 2018-05-31 Created: 2018-05-31 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
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