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Innumerable transmissions: WI-FI® from spectacle to movement

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Innumerable transmissions : WI-FI® from spectacle to movement. / Mackenzie, Adrian.

In: Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 9, No. 6, 2006, p. 781-802.

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Mackenzie, A 2006, 'Innumerable transmissions: WI-FI® from spectacle to movement', Information, Communication and Society, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 781-802. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691180601064139

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Mackenzie, Adrian. / Innumerable transmissions : WI-FI® from spectacle to movement. In: Information, Communication and Society. 2006 ; Vol. 9, No. 6. pp. 781-802.

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