INTERSECTIONS OF TECHNOLOGY & PLACE

  • 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

Abstract

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 meetup.com; 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.
Published
2016-10-31
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 https://spir.aoir.org/ojs/index.php/spir/article/view/8689
Section
Panels