By John Law
Law works to dissatisfied the binary among the modernist thought of data, matters, and gadgets as having situated and urban essences and the postmodernist suggestion that each one is fragmented and centerless. The constitution and content material of Aircraft Stories replicate Law’s competition that wisdom, topics, and—particularly— items are “fractionally coherent”: that's, they're drawn jointly with no inevitably being founded. In learning the method of this actual aircraft’s layout, building, and eventual cancellation, legislations develops more than a few metaphors to explain either its fractional personality and the methods its numerous features engage with one another. delivering various insights into the way in which we theorize the operating of structures, he explores the overlaps among singularity and multiplicity and divulges wealthy new that means in such recommendations as oscillation, interference, fractionality, and rhizomatic networks.
The method and insights of Aircraft Stories should be useful to scholars in technological know-how and know-how reviews and should have interaction others who're attracted to the ways in which modern paradigms have constrained our skill to determine gadgets of their precise complexity.
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Williams, Gregory, and Simpson 1969, 42) To be sure, these exhibits take the form of belated wisdom. It is easy to be wise after the event. But that is not the point of citing them. It is not that they are right and the brochure is wrong. I have no desire to take sides. It is rather to show that the work of object coordination and object disaggregation goes on—and on. 20 And thus it is to suggest that the issue of what there is and what there could be, whether the objects in the world are centered or decentered, singular or multiple, whether they are both, or whether somehow or other they are fractional, this is not simply a question of playing postmodern games.
Systems of knowledge that are embodied in collections, cabinets of curiosities, museums, state records, statistics, doctors’ surgeries (Foucault 1976). Buildings, including the shapes of prisons, real and imaginary (Foucault 1979), arcades for visual display, for the gaze,13 and the Boulevards of Haussman, which cut their clean and ordered way through the pullulating quarters of old Paris. 14 And then bodies. Yes, for notwithstanding the suggestion that he ignores the speciﬁcities of embodiment, the logics of the body itself, there is nevertheless little doubt that Foucault is particularly interested in bodies, bodies and souls.
I oﬀer the following suggestion: we are witnessing not only speed but also a depiction that helps to reﬂect and perform a particular version of male agency. 16 do not, that this is not just a fast aircraft and one that ﬂies low. We are also being told that it is an exciting aircraft to ﬂy. That it is a thrill to ﬂy. That it is, in short, a pilot’s aircraft. The creation of speed is not, to be sure, itself a strategy of coordination. Rather, it is an eﬀect of a series of such strategies. It is crucial, however, for all sorts of reasons.
Aircraft Stories: Decentering the Object in Technoscience by John Law