The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place (Critical Cultural Communication, Book 4)

October 29, 2020
The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place (Critical Cultural Communication, Book 4)

Shows how digital media connects people to their livedenvironmentsEvery day, millions of people turn to small handheld screens tosearch for their destinations and to seek recommendations forplaces to visit. They may share texts or images of themselves andthese places en route or after their journey is complete. We don’tconsciously reflect on these activities and probably don’tassociate these practices with constructing a sense of place.Critics have argued that digital media alienates users from spaceand place, but this book argues that the exact opposite is true:that we habitually use digital technologies to re-embed ourselveswithin urban environments.The Digital City advocates for the need to rethink our everydayinteractions with digital infrastructures, navigation technologies,and social media as we move through the world. Drawing on five casestudies from global and mid-sized cities to illustrate the conceptof “re-placeing,” Germaine R. Halegoua shows how differentpopulations employ urban broadband networks, social and locativemedia platforms, digital navigation, smart cities, and creativeplacemaking initiatives to turn urban spaces into places with deepmeanings and emotional attachments. Through timely narratives ofeveryday urban life, Halegoua argues that people use digital mediato create a unique sense of place within rapidly changing urbanenvironments and that a sense of place is integral to understandingcontemporary relationships with digital media.