Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B Lecture 6: Logistics

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Media, Information and Technoculture
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Media, Information and Technoculture 2500A/B
Warren Steele

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Logistics Containerization World is flattened and a grid o Eliminating obstacles One big warehouse o Everything that cant fit is excluded Standardization Minimize the paths commodities travel while maximizing the number of commodities transported Time space regiment Logistics o The efficient management of the flow of materials, energy, info, labourpower from one point to another Supply chain management Commodity reaching a certain place at a certain time in the most rational and efficient manner Design and management of transport route, warehousing, inventory, tracking systems, packaging, distribution o Standardized streamlined logistical system control things on a scale otherwise not possible Poverty provide jobs Cheap commodities we can afford More than a system that functions 247 o Purest expression of Gestell and Bestand in motion Mobilization of standing reserves Simplest and fastest way All supply chains interconnected Leads to globalized production and transportation networks Purest expression of enframing Bestand in motion Elimination of nature o Flattening of earth o Ex. Lanzhou in China City full of mountains Built cities on top of mountains Growth under capitalist rule, growing infrastructure to realize a profit More productive = more money Logistics is a lifestyle o The rhythms of retail and manufacturing have become so normalized that we now prefer large warehousing instead of commercialized shopping Ex. Costco get everything in one spot Warehouse doubles as a store, eliminates the cost of transportation to another store
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