• Erika Polson University of Denver
  • Rowan Wilken Swinburne Institute for Social Research
  • Germaine Halegoua University of Kansas
  • Bryce Renninger Rutgers University
  • Adrienne Russell University of Denver
Keywords: geo-social media, Place-making, location technologies, media space, smart cities


The papers presented here draw from new ways of thinking about place, with a particular focus on interrelations of space and place with media technologies and practices. Following from Jansson’s (2009: 308) suggestion that scholars consider how communication and geography intersect, in order to analyze “how space produces communication and how communication produces space”, this panel brings together a series of research at this nexus. The panel begins at the macro-level, with a paper on how ‘smart cities’ struggle to create meaning places that feel ‘organic’ and then moves to a series of case studies within and across urban scales, with a set of papers that, in order: critically considers efforts by tech companies to become the arbiters of place, with a specific look at Foursquare; evaluates how geo-social media can produce space through a hybrid of online and offline interaction, focusing on; traces arguments against social technologies as negatively affecting traditional urban places, by looking at critics who say ‘Grindr killed the gay bar’; and finally, how activist/journalists participating in a place-based action – the Paris Climate Summit – use hybrid tools to form new media spaces. Taken together, these papers will contribute a fruitful conversation about how increasingly sophisticated convergence of online and offline technologies and practices are creating new ways of conceiving, organizing, controlling, monetizing, and inhabiting space and place.
How to Cite
Polson, E., Wilken, R., Halegoua, G., Renninger, B., & Russell, A. (2016). INTERSECTIONS OF TECHNOLOGY & PLACE. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 6. Retrieved from