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Signal and Noise: Media, infrastructure, and Urban Culture in Nigeria.
BY BRIAN LARKIN
Durham: Duke UP, 2008, 313 pp.
Brian Larkiris eagerly awaited book fulfills the promise of its heraldry. Indeed it delivers more than one supposes it had promised, which makes perfect sense because the book's subject matter--the process of socializing infrastructural technologies--is also shown to have done more than its colonial creators intended. For a study standing on the theoretically rather delicate premise of thinking of infrastructure and media as concepts without ignoring their technical objectives, Signal and Noise does an excellent job of winningly …