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Place, Scale and Culture in a Media Age

ISBN 9780415291743
Published December 19, 2003 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Media Space explores the importance of ideas of space and place to understanding the ways in which we experience the media in our everyday lives. Essays from leading international scholars address the kinds of space created by media and the effects that spacial arrangements have on media forms. Case studies focus on a wide variety of subjects and locales, from in-flight entertainment to mobile media such as personal stereos and mobile phones, and from the electronic spaces of the Internet to the shopping mall.

Table of Contents

Part One: Media Theory / Spatial Theory 1 The Doubling of Place: Electronic Media, Time-Space Arrangements and Social Relationships 2 Kinetic Screens: Epistemologies of Moving Media 3 Neither Poison or Cure: Space Scale and Public Life in Media Theory 4 The Attractions of Television: Reconsidering Liveness Part Two: Work, Leisure, and the Spaces in Between 5 The Marketable Neighbourhood: Commercial Latinidad in New York's Harlem 6 Media, Bodies and Spaces of Ehtnography: Beauty Salons in Casablanca, Cairo and Paris 7 Spaces of Television: The Structuring of Consumers in a Swedish Shopping Mall 8 Urbanism 9 Industrial Geography Lessons: Socio-Political Rituals and the Borderlands of Production Culture Part Three: New Media Spaces 10 The Webcam Subculture and the Digital Enclosure 11 Crossing the Media(n): Auto-mobility, the Transported Self, and Technologies of Freedom 12 Something Spatial in the Air: In-Flight Entertainment and the Topographies of Modern Air Travel 13 An Ontology of Everyday Control: Space, Media Flows and 'Smart' Living in the Absolute Present
14 'To Each Their Own Bubble': Mobile Spaces of Sound in the City

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Nick Couldry is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Media Rituals: A Critical Approach, Inside Culture and The Place of Media Power: Pilgrims and Witnesses of the Media Age.
Anna McCarthy is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. She is the author of Ambient Television: Visual Culture and Public Space.