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4. The New Media Revolution and the Network Society We have followed ANT in defining human social order in terms of “technical mediation” instead of linguistic mediation and “interobjectivity” instead of intersubjectivity. These concepts emphasize the role that things, artifacts, and technologies play in constituting and sustaining human social order. They also emphasize the role things play in organizing and organizations. The work done in organization theory under the title of “communicative constitution of organizations,” as we saw in the

9 old media / new media – Das „System Peter Greenaway“ Vortrag, gehalten am 12. November 2009 in Weimar „I ain’t just interested in systems per se, I’m interested in the absurdity of systems.“ Peter Greenaway1 The absurdity of systems: Die „Absurdität der Systeme“ mag sicherlich mit Fug und Recht als Generalthema der Filme Peter Greenaways betrachtet werden – zumal wenn zum einen das Absurde, nach Camus, ja aus der „hoff- nungslosen Kluft“ zwischen der sinnbegehrlichen „Frage des Menschen“ und dem „vernunftlosen Schweigen der Welt“ entsteht2

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Things into Play | 92 Sensemaking and Narrative | 103 Narrative and Cognitive Science | 112 Localizing and Globalizing | 136 Conclusion | 144 4. The New Media Revolution and the Network Society | 147 What are New Media? | 150 The Socio-Technical Ensemble | 159 Network Norms | 165 Conclusion | 172 5. Organizing Networks in the Digital Age | 173 Organizing Networks in Business | 174 Organizing Networks in Education | 195 Organizing Networks in Healthcare | 214 Organizing Networks in Civil Society | 223 Conclusion | 233 6. Conclusion | 243 Literature | 251

ALICE IM SPIEGELL AND210 DR AMATIS PERSONAE: Alice im Brainland (Freiburg 2005) Konzept und Dialog: Celia Brown, Sigrid Schmitz TänzerInnen: Frederik Bechtle (Weißes Kaninchen), Larissa Dingler (Raupe) Choreographische Beratung: Emma-Louise Jordan Lesung: Celia Brown Musik: Achim Vogel Kostüm der Raupe: Kim Schimpfle Videoschnitt: Celia Brown, Sigrid Schmitz Kamera, Betreuung: New Media Center Universität Freiburg Alice im Spiegel (Freiburg 2007) Konzept: Celia Brown, Britta Schinzel, Sigrid Schmitz mit: Constanze Kurz Schauspiel: Lisa


Content INTRODUCTION Forms and Functions of Political Humor in Arab Societies: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf & Stephan Milich | 9 PART I : MAGHREB Beyond Tanfis: Performativity and Quotidian Humor in Revolutionary Tunisia Nathanael Mannone | 53 Humor, Mockery and Defamation in Western Sahara: How do Sahrawi Artists use New Media to Perform Political Criticism? Sébastien Boulay & Mohamed Dahmi | 79 PART II: EGYPT, SUDAN “We started to Celebrate Being Egyptian”: Humor in the Work of Younger


Anna T. Opacity – Minority – Improvisation Queer Studies | Volume 27 Anna T. (PhD), born in 1984, has worked as an artist, theorist, and educator in Greece, England, Germany, and Austria. Since 2003 she has exhibited and partici- pated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and new media festivals in Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Between 2014 and 2017 she was a board member and curator at Mz* Baltazarʼs Lab, a feminist hackerspace for creatives in Vienna, and since 2017 she has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Art and Design

Preface The view of organizations presented here builds upon and extends work that we have done on actor-networks and network society in a variety of publications. In Interpreting Networks (2014) we based our description of network society on Actor-Network Theory (ANT) as well as New Media Studies. We argued that constructing social order in today’s digitally mediated world can be understood as “networking,” that is, the activity of mediating associations between humans and non-humans within a non- hierarchical “socio-sphere” governed by what we termed