Media technologies, cultural mobility, and the nation-state

Authored by: Scott McQuire

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159


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It’s August 2008 and I’m in Melbourne watching a live telecast of sprinter Usain Bolt winning the 100 meters gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. I’m not at home, or even in front of a television set, but peering at the screen on a friend’s mobile phone as we walk down the street. Suddenly a message arrives from friends in London with the first photos of their newly born baby. We look at them, and then ring a colleague to discover that the place we’re heading for is actually just around the corner. I text my partner to let her know where I am, and then glance at the first news coverage of Bolt’s record-breaking run.

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