A fascinating study of institutional knowledge practices
An innovative exploration of religion's influence on communication networks When Samuel Morse sent the words “what hath God wrought” from the US Supreme Court to Baltimore in mere minutes, it was the first public demonstration of words travelling faster than human beings and farther than a line of sight in the US. This strange confluence of media, religion, technology, and US nationhood lies at the foundation of global networks. The advent of a telegraph cable crossing the Atlantic Ocean was viewed much the way the internet is today, to herald a coming world-wide unification. President Buchanan declared that the Atlantic Telegraph would be “an instrument destined by divine providence to diffuse religion, civilization, liberty, and law throughout the world” through which “the nations of Christendom [would] spontaneously unite.” Evangelical Protestantism embraced the new technology as indicating God’s support for their work to Christianize the globe. Public figures in the US imagined this new communication technology in primarily religious terms as offering the means to unite the world and inspire peaceful relations among nations. Religious utopianists saw the telegraph as the dawn of a perfect future. Religious framing thus dominated the interpretation of the technology’s possibilities, forging an imaginary of networks as connective, so much so that connection is now fundamental to the idea of networks. In reality, however, networks are marked, at core, by disconnection. With lively historical sources and an accessible engagement with critical theory, When the Medium was the Mission tells the story of how connection was made into the fundamental promise of networks, illuminating the power of public Protestantism in the first network imaginaries, which continue to resonate today in false expectations of connection.
This book critically analyses the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, UNESCO's latest and ground-breaking treaty in the area of cultural heritage protection. Intangible cultural heritage is broadly understood as the social processes that inform our living cultures, and our social cohesion and identity as communities and peoples. On the basis of this conception, the Treaty proposes to turn our understanding of how, for whom, and why heritage is safeguarded on its head, by putting communities, groups and individuals at the centre of the safeguarding process. The commentary, written by leading experts in the field from all continents and multiple disciplines, provides an authoritative guide to interpreting and implementing not only this Treaty, but also its ripple effects on how we think about cultural heritage and our experience with it as a part of our living cultures. This book is of interest to lawyers, policy-makers, anthropologists, cultural diplomacy specialists, archaeologists, cultural heritage studies experts, and, foremost, the people who practice and enact this heritage.
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Documents reflects on the new challenges to humanistic social science in a world in which the subjects of research increasingly share the professional passions and problems of the researcher. Documents are everywhere in modern life, from the sciences to bureaucracy to law; at the same time, fieldworkers document social realities by collecting, producing, and exchanging documents of their own. Capping off a generation of reflection and critique about the promises and pitfalls of ethnographic methods, the contributors explore how ethnographers conceive, grasp, appreciate, and see patterns, demonstrating that the core of the ethnographic method now lies in the way ethnographers respond to, and increasingly share the professional passions and problems of, their subjects. "Sophisticated and provocative. The original and unique focus of this volume effectively opens up a new arena of critique that will move ethnography and qualitative inquiry forward in a way that few other works do." —George Marcus, Department of Anthropology, Rice University "This edited collection asks how an understanding of documentary forms sheds light on the creation and circulation of modern forms of knowledge, expertise, and governance. This is a major intervention in how we understand the everyday practice and techne of the documentary impulse and documentary apparatuses of law, bureaucratic review, and other institutions of modernity, as well as linguistic anthropology, literary theory, and law. The topic of Documents is not just of interest because of epistemological quandaries in the human sciences over textualization and interpretation, but also because the domains to which we increasingly turn our attention are themselves auto-documentary." —William M. Maurer, Chair and Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of California, Irvine Contributors: Mario Biagioli, Donald Brenneis, Carol Heimer, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Adam Reed, Annelise Riles, and Marilyn Strathern. Annelise Riles is Professor of Law and Anthropology at Cornell University.
This volume examines the three components of the convergence phenomenon - technologies, companies and services - in order to help the reader understand how the fundamentals of customer service are created.
praise for The Age of the Network "A very stimulating, visionary account of how networks and networking are organizational structures and processes of the future."—Edgar H. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, MIT, Sloan School of Management "Networking — practical, down-to-earth, easily understood descriptions of how others have obtained a competitive edge." — William R. Johnson, General Manager, Networking Hardware Division, IBM "Collaborative advantage is the wave of the future; Lipnack and Stamps show how to catch that wave and ride it triumphantly. With memorable wit and wisdom, their book provides numerous valuable lessons for the challenging changes ahead: how to see further by sitting on boundaries, organize teams that really get something done, and loosen hierarchies without losing control."—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, Author of When Giants Learn to Dance and The Change Masters The Age of the Network shows how organizations can break through mental and bureaucratic log jams and open up new opportunities by creating links both inside and outside themselves. With numerous, real-world examples, authors Lipnack and Stamps demonstrate how to form interlocking, boundary-crossing teams and thus build a truly networked enterprise. Focusing on five essential principles of "teamnets" (networks of teams), this forward-looking book reveals ways organizations can use these networks to realize their full potential and sustain this new dynamic well into the future.
Get the basics of Cisco technology--hardware, internetworking fundamentals, and protocols. This book introduces the reader to the full breadth of Cisco's offerings, providing a solid foundation for continued study. Blueprints and sample configurations are included.
Illuminating the reality of worldwide access to information, this expanded three-volume set is a one-stop resource for Internet history, biographies of key figures, and analysis of how the Internet operates.
Get the latest information on optical networking technologies, companies and trends. Penetrate the facts behind the speculation on optical networking’s promise as a potential solution to skyrocketing Internet traffic. With Steve Shepard’s Optical Networking Crash Course, you’ll discover what’s what, who’s who, and how it all works together in the speed-of-light world of optical networking. From technologies, equipment, companies and competitors to nitty-gritty issues such as security, signal sinks, backhoe fade, add-drop mix and much, much more, this state-of-the-art guide is a must-read if you want to: Compare optical and other strategies such as cable, DSL, and LMDS Understand optical technology means, methods, potentials, and constraints Learn what DWDM (Dense Wave Division Multiplexing) is and why it could change everything Get straight answers on optical transport issues, routing, switching and more.
Programming in TCP/IP can seem deceptively simple. Nonetheless, many network programmers recognize that their applications could be much more robust. Effective TCP/IP Programming is designed to boost programmers to a higher level of competence by focusing on the protocol suite's more subtle features and techniques. It gives you the know-how you need to produce highly effective TCP/IP programs. In forty-four concise, self-contained lessons, this book offers experience-based tips, practices, and rules of thumb for learning high-performance TCP/IP programming techniques. Moreover, it shows you how to avoid many of TCP/IP's most common trouble spots. Effective TCP/IP Programming offers valuable advice on such topics as: Exploring IP addressing, subnets, and CIDR Preferring the sockets interface over XTI/TLI Using two TCP connections Making your applications event-driven Using one large write instead of multiple small writes Avoiding data copying Understanding what TCP reliability really means Recognizing the effects of buffer sizes Using tcpdump, traceroute, netstat, and ping effectively Numerous examples demonstrate essential ideas and concepts. Skeleton code and a library of common functions allow you to write applications without having to worry about routine chores. Through individual tips and explanations, you will acquire an overall understanding of TCP/IP's inner workings and the practical knowledge needed to put it to work. Using Effective TCP/IP Programming, you'll speed through the learning process and quickly achieve the programming capabilities of a seasoned pro. 0201615894B04062001
The ability to build business and personal networks can make or break a career, or a company. This business bestseller teaches entrepreneurs, change agents, and corporate executives to boost their effectiveness, influence, and happiness by building powerful networks. Named “one of the top 30 business books of 1994” by Executive Book Summaries, and a main selection of the Business Week and Newbridge Book Clubs.
A design-thinking book for planting or redesigning churches and incubating a new generation of leaders. Written by Linda Bergquist and Allan Karr, two experienced church planters and mentors, the book is full of wisdom, practical advice, and creative counsel. Instead of a business-model-as-usual approach, the authors challenge readers to begin with the raw materials of beliefs, values, individuals, teams, and culture, and to then move outwards to draw from a rich palette of real and potential church paradigms. This book is meant to provoke church leaders to think outside of the box and to imagine how their churches might better reflect the image and the mission of God in the world. Contains a wealth of illustrative examples, charts, and other visual aides Offers a creative practical perspective and a multi-disciplinary approach to establishing a new church or leading an existing one Shows how to honor a church's purpose while embracing its unique culture Includes important lessons for nurturing church leadership skills