Navigating Hybrid Urban Spaces

Smartphones and Locative Media Practices

Authored by: Jordan Frith

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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I focus on three important strands of research that showcase how smartphones are locative media that can alter urban legibility: (1) locative media and time/space coordination, (2) location information and the presentation of self, and (3) wayfinding through mobile mapping. The first two look at interpersonal uses of location sharing, while the final section discusses how research into mobile mapping can impact cognitive experiences of urban streets. As I show, all three areas are closely related and provide examples of how the hybridity of urban spaces has begun to shift experiences of the city.

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