No matter what we do, there is always an element that must be stable in order for things to operate.
My remediation displays this concept, in terms of bodyboarding. If you take away the fins and wetsuit you could still bodyboard. If you take away the board you could use an esky lid. If you take away the waves, you could still wallow around in the shallows.
But, if you take the ocean out of the equation, you aren’t going bodyboarding.
Jonathan Zittrain explored how media technologies create their own stacks and choose whether their platform can be modified, or contributed to. The affordances of technology allows for modification in stacks. For example, Apple 2 was designed for people to contribute to. The idea’s of others ultimately led to their huge success.
“These technologies can let geeky outsiders build upon them just as they could with PCs, but in a highly controlled and contingent way.” – Jonathan Zittrain