Think of the printed book, the live streamed performance, the physics paper, the Facebook post, the flickering RGB light, the screen fatigued eyes, the printed words read over and over again because they won't quite go in, reading on the tube, on the beach, in your bed.

To conceptualise of information as entirely disembodied assumes not only that the material mediation of our access is not affecting our reception of information but, importantly, that the material form that information is instantiated in is irrelevant to its content. After all, for information to exist, it must always be instantiated in a medium. (Hayles 1999, 13) Just reading this now requires the hardware of the computer and a system of coloured lights which produces an image on the screen. We must reject the idea that information is conceptually distinct from the markers that embody it. (Hayles 1999, 25) We must remember that we require the material in order to gain access to any and all information; not necessarily just as mediating factor, but as a physical instantiation of that which it purports to represent.