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How metaphors matter an ethnography of blockchain based re descriptions of the world.
Universidade de Lisboa - Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, SOCIUS/CSG, Lisboa, Portugal
This paper explores the role of metaphors in the production of redescriptions of the world within the framework of technological design
processes. Drawing on a collaborative ethnography with the Economic
Space Agency (ECSA), a start-up developing post-blockchain technology,
this paper illustrates how metaphors mimic the toponymy of
decentralized material infrastructures, while simultaneously pushing
forward ‘posthuman’ values that are expected to become fixated
through software. Through an analysis of a ‘collection’ of metaphors
produced by ECSA, this paper sheds light on the work performed by
specific vocabularies, within technological communities, in shaping a symbiotic relationship between futuristic politics and material culture.