An Atmosphere Ethics for Digital Transcription and Reading Spheres Communally
How, where and who reports back on communal activities in academia matters. The reader might expect there to be writing about the academic reading group’s discussion, (of who said what) followed by a discussion about consensus and cooperation. Instead, the debate is circumnavigated so as to discuss the events’ atmosphere ethics as related to Spheres. Atmosphere ethics is intertwined with a feminist ethics of ambiguity and situations. I give an account of participant consent and three schisms resulting in non-consent. The social, digital and technical schisms are tied to the spatial setting of where the roundtable took place at the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), London, and then how it was captured in an audio recording and data processed at the point of digital transcription. The digital design-in is to suggest that consent is always a matter of continual re-consent.
KeywordsAmbiguity Atmosphere Ethics Reading Re-consent Transcription
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