What’s up with the apostrophe in Thing’s Matter?
The apostrophe in Thing’s signals the agency of the object to possess its own matter. It suggests the kind of "all matter has life" philosophy promoted on our home page ("Force of Things" 351). The name “Thing’s Matter” then implies a double meaning.
First, that all objects are important; they matter.
Second, the apostrophe invokes Jane Bennett’s theory of Vibrant Matter which shifts the focus to a thing's possession of matter as an object with agency that takes up space in the universe.
If you’re still not sure, let us be plain: it’s an elaborate pun! But an important one because it reminds us that things have lifecycles that exist before and after individual interactions with human beings.
Okay, but why does a thing's matter...matter?
Our world is composed of countless materials—the way we treat them is important. Below are some videos that discuss some of the major conversations surrounding the climate crisis, new materialism, and thing culture. We have a longer YouTube playlist that we add to pretty constantly. You can check that out here.
Sweden Actually Turns It's Garbage Into Energy | Save The World
by Nameless Network
Why we should rethink Zero Waste
by Our Changing Climate
Why you still don't understand the Green New Deal
The Struggle of a Zero-Waste Restaurant
by The Atlantic