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.
|Series:||Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vi
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
Performing Public Space 130
Private Space: From Glass Architecture to Big Brother 159
The Glass House 161
The Digital Home 181