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Week#7- Material and New Materialism: Bodies, Resources and Pollution

During the seminar, we were focusing on the terminology “vitality of matter” which was brought it up by Jane Bennet in her book Vibrant Matter. The idea of how things and beings are mutual was introduced, seeing how not only the carbon-based life is living but all matter can be considered as “living” from the perspective of them as inanimate things get to animate, to act, to produce effects dramatic and subtle. They contain and retain forces to cause impact to further range. 

The idea of needlessness to distinguish between things and being, the animate and inanimate

Respecting and understanding toward all matters, being more considerate when consuming and in use of things. Taking the upstream and downstream of the product and its material source into concern.

However, applying anthropomorphic feelings toward all things and being seems to emphasize a human-centric social construction. Which be contrary to the intention of bringing up the idea of vital matter that all things should be respected and considered. Why do we need to associate everything with humans in order to value and respect them? Or, can it be the language choices of specialists to make the notion more accessible for people?



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