The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space / Edition 1

The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space / Edition 1

by Scott McQuire
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SAGE Publications
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The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space / Edition 1

Significant changes are occurring in the social spaces of modern cities and the social functioning of media. This erudite, forceful book argues that the spaces and rhythms of contemporary cities are radically different to those described in classic theories of urbanism. Changes in the city have been paralleled by the transformation of media which has become increasingly mobile, instantaneous and pervasive. The media are no longer separate from the city. Offering social commentary at the deepest levels of historical and critical reference, The Media City links Myspace to Howard Hughes; trams to cinema; security cameras to exploding buildings; reality TV to Marx; and Lenin on privacy to Kracauer on the mass ornament.

Wide-ranging and richly illustrated, it intersects disciplines and connects phenomena which are too often left isolated from each other to propose a new way of understanding public and private space and social life in contemporary cities.

It will find a broad readership in media and communications, cultural studies, social theory, urban sociology, architecture and art history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412907934
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/19/2008
Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vi
Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction: The Uncanny Home     1
Thresholds of the Media City     29
The Territory of Images     31
The City in Fragments     56
Liquid Cities     87
Public Space: Streets, Lights and Screens     111
Electropolis     113
Performing Public Space     130
Private Space: From Glass Architecture to Big Brother     159
The Glass House     161
The Digital Home     181
Conclusion     203
Bibliography     207
Index     221

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