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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter analyses push buttons as media of organization. These ubiquitous and often-trivialized technical objects are crucial for the organization of space and practice, providing means of control and participation beyond the local situation or the organizational boundary. A closer look at push buttons’ mediating activity reveals not only their agential force, but also points to opposing or contradicting properties and conditions that are unified in object-related practices, like the simultaneity of de-skilling and empowering or the situational complexity of simplified functions. These ambiguities show the variety of conditions that can become meaningful in the understanding of media and/in organizational practices.

Keywords: push button, input-item, socio-materiality, organization, technology, mediation, gesture, practice

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