The automated states, automated government, and self-automation of the ‘smart’ appliance: three questions about refrigerators

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Abstract

This essay considers the automation of the everyday through ‘smart’ domestic appliance, specifically the current regime of smart refrigerators. The essay revisits and rethinks perspectives about media by McLuhan, focusing particularly on his discussion of clothing, cars, clocks, light bulbs, and highways as ‘media’. The essay outlines a critical practice (a ‘critical refrigerator studies’), as a means of rethinking ‘media power’, through perspectives by Foucault about technologies of government and through perspectives by Otter about Liberal objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
JournalMedia International Australia
Volume166
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

Keywords

  • Liberal objects
  • automation
  • governmentality
  • media
  • smart appliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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