Stamps and the Postal System

Authored by: Pauliina Raento

The Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409444015
eBook ISBN: 9781315613178
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042822

10.4324/9781315613178.ch5

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Abstract

Media and communication technologies play a critical role in the evolution of states and empires. They form and maintain territorial networks by facilitating exchange of information, ideas, and experiences. They support efficient administration and help build nations through narratives about place and identity. But power is inherent in all communication, and the same media and technologies can be used to contest and resist the existing rule. These processes are generally applicable because media, communication, society, and space are inherently interconnected. Simultaneously, however, they are unique because of particular circumstances in particular places (Adams 2009).

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