Travels in Outer Place


In less than five years, in Internet venues ranging from Google Earth to Yahoo Placemaker, a technological leap into our apprehension of physical landscape has occurred that both advances the kinds of spatial/temporal dislocations and alienations of the industrial age and takes us ›virtually‹ back to a time when we could relate deeply to a single given place. For this talk, I’d like to discuss how new on-line iterations of place are amalgamating pre-modern and modern modes of perception: pre-modern community where people communicated and derived meaning through intensive, full-sensory encounters with their locale; modern society where the sources and venues of information and communication exploded and yet where individuals favored centralized, advertised and mediatized attractions over the ordinary environment. Contemporary on-line civilization is even further distanced from in-place encounters, yet becoming individual producer/consumers of dense, open-source information targeted anyplace.


Preferred Citation
Schwarzer, Mitchell: Travels in Outer Place. (2009-12-15). Köln: Universität zu Köln/Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften und Moderneforschung (Cologne Media Lectures, 2). DOI: 10.25969/mediarep/6085.
 author = {Schwarzer, Mitchell},
 title = {Travels in Outer Place},
 year = 2009-12-15,
 doi = {10.25969/mediarep/6085},
 volume = 2,
 address = {Köln},

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