The paradigm of the network society is evident, as the shift from centralised to distributed networks evolved along with liquid labour.
From the early years of network communication, a hierarchy was in place. Sources were trusted as they framed information with authority. Nowadays, in rabbit holes like Reddit, it is often difficult to identify a reliable source. It’s also difficult to organise and sort as information flows over networks.
A key element to a centralised network is coordination and control. I explore this within my remediation of the TODAY show’s first weather report in 1952. The news reporter calling “someone” to find out and deliver the weather. The frame is carefully constructed to give the news reporter authority. Ultimately, he speaks on the phone with a trusted source.
Now, with the internet as a distributed network, organisations must review and respond to feedback loops in order to improve. People are no longer confined by time and space within their jobs.
But who holds the highest authority within the current distributed network, where the user has control?