Global Cities as Mediated Spaces

The Role of Media in Forming Contradictory Places

Authored by: Paul James

The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  September  2019

Print ISBN: 9780415792554
eBook ISBN: 9781315211633
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What does it mean that the media, both in content and form, divides citizens of a global city, even as it brings them together? What does it mean that cities are intensely local places but the same media that represents citizens to each other also connects them globally? These two questions weave through this chapter, which explores how global and local forces coalesce in mediated urban spaces. I suggest that the so-called “global cities”, New York, Paris, London and Tokyo, as defined by Saskia Sassen, need to be de-centred from contemporary theorizing. This chapter begins to set out an alternative.

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