Creating windows of opportunity: Installing (social) order at the National Weather Service

reminiscent of Andy Pickering’s
Islands of Stability: Engaging Emergence from Cellular Automata to the Occupy Movement

Installing (Social) Order

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An often overlooked aspect of how infrastructures impose (social) order is through transforming time into a trusty ally. One of their essential functions is to afford  shared frames for enacting a window of opportunity. Like many out there, I have been watching with bated breath as Hurricane Matthew churns a destructive path through the Caribbean and, now, along the coast of Florida. Yet, by the time Matthew goes “live” on our news screens it is already too late to act. The window of opportunity is gone, and even emergency personnel must wait until it is safe to respond. The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), however, has been closely monitoring this storm long before it became  “Hurricane Matthew” to us. Charged with protecting life and property, NWS forecasters all over the East Cast were anxiously (and excitedly!) poring over the model forecasts and other weather guidance from the National Hurricane Center

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