New forensic methods have called a new historical record into being… The old is as emergent as the new. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young smartly notes the name for the sudden reemergence of something long lost or buried: trauma. Peters 2008

Container Technologies

the archaeological record of prehistoric humans is #biased towards axes, daggers, arrowheads and other things that endure. These things tend to be what Lewis Mumford calls “power technologies” and not “container technologies” such as language, families, ideas… Peters 2008

Space Time and Power 2

(2)… transmission is the act of sending a #record across some kind of distance, whether space or time; and interpretation is the act of receiving transmitted records and putting them to work in the present. Peters 2008

Space Time and Power

(1) Schematically speaking, #media have three main tasks: the management of time, space, and power. Recording is the act of setting something down in enduring form; …

Historians and long spans

#Historians who study long temporal spans, Innis notes, usually overemphasize religion and neglect bureaucracy because the documents that endure over time are designed by time-conserving agents like sages and priests, not space-controlling agents like lawyers and merchants. Peters 2008

History exploration

Our knowledge of other civilizations depends in large part on the character of the #media used by each civilization insofar as it is capable of being preserved or of being made accessible by discovery. Innis 1949


Every single database applies a different mode of hailing (Althusser) to the individual it references, thus constructing a scattered multiplicity of parts of the individual. Hunger 2018


we can observe a duplication of the individual in the #database by the way of reconstruction. Hunger 2018


The discursive construction of subjectivity is formalized through an informational-mathematical #model, along which the #database is organized. It splits off non-formalized aspects of subjectivity. Hunger 2018

commercial and governmental perspectives

databases construct “additional social identities as each individual is constituted for the computer”, depending on algorithms and data scientists grouping identities into sexual orientation, sexes, and ethnicity along commercial and governmental perspectives. Hunger 2018