I've been sharing recently with a few people that I have become very interested in the intersection of technology/power/discourse etc., and the potentials or pit-falls that may reside in the rapid taking up of social media tools.
Recently I have been reading about Actor Network Theory. ACT accounts for "actors" that aren't human and tries to reassemble the social to include technology, discursive fields, and environmental events, such as an earthquake. I suppose you could argue that ACT is the most systemic of all systems theories. As I understand it, ACT steps out of binary positions and includes tech in the network, rather than a position of first self or second self, as some would language the use of social networking sites for example.
I have also been researching how the internet might aid in identity development and modes of resistance and how taken for granted notions such as the digital divide may be an illusion.
All this in an attempt to get a better understanding of the new language/sociality/performance/power operations/narratives these new worlds are bringing about.
What does this all mean for my practice? I'm not sure yet, but I do know that I am finding myself in conversation about Facebook more and more..
Attached is a Ted Talk by Amber Case on our Cyborgness. A Foucauldian critique of Amber's talk can be found HERE.