The paradox of de/contextualized information

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Title: The paradox of de/contextualized information
The case of video production at the BBC Digital Media Initiative
Author: Mariategui, Jose-Carlos; Marton, Attila
Abstract: The unfolding of the paradoxical interplay between overarching institutional orders and domain-specific, situated practices has been a central theme of organization studies. With the rise of information and communication technology (ICT), digital infrastructures and the standards they foster are disseminating on a global scale based on the computational rationale of binary-based digitalization. The following paper will delve into this paradoxical interplay by studying digital video as it travels across work practices of broadcasting qua computational standards and processes. Using BBC’s Digital Media Initiative (DMI) as a case study, we seek to assess how work practices are affected by the use of digital video throughout the editing process. In particular, we take a semiological approach in order to understand two distinctive image-intensive practices, news and long-form productions, and the ways they changed due to the implementation of a digital infrastructure. Thus conceived, we demonstrate how digitalization as a technical process decontextualizes digital video information, while the work practices related to their management rely on highly contextualized and situated information.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8771
Date: 2013-10-31
Notes: Paper presented at the 29th European Group for Organizational Studies colloquium (EGOS), 4-6 July 2013, Montreal, Canada.

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