The image of a power grid serving as an example for an assemblage was strong for me. I thought that it did a good job of prompting me to think about the ways several different factors are connected and that an immaterial force can act upon humans. This unpredictablity even prompts people to “live off the grid”, to move out of the realm of “normal” society and feel self-sufficient (feel more in control of one’s life and functions). This concepts touches on the idea of an ecosystem that we talked about in class last week. Bennett even points out that this idea of interconnectivity has always existed in ecological thinking, but today we are further connected b/c of the “degree of infrastructural and technological complexity”. No wonder, then, she makes the step towards moral accountability, which is not something I would have normally thought of when talking about agency. I am not sure how I feel on the situation, whether or not humans can be fully responsible for events that happen, but that is because I am still unsure as to the equality of agency between humans and non-humans.
“the grid’s heart fluttered”