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    Digitizing localism: anticipating, assembling and animating a ‘space’ for UK hyperlocal media production

    Rodgers, Scott (2018) Digitizing localism: anticipating, assembling and animating a ‘space’ for UK hyperlocal media production. International Journal of Cultural Studies 21 (1), pp. 73-89. ISSN 1367-8779.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an unconventional view of media production, not as the direct production of media content or forms, but the cultivation of spaces for media production taking place elsewhere. I draw on a close analysis of Destination Local, a program of UK charity Nesta, which focused on the implications of location-based technologies for the emergent field of ‘hyperlocal’ media. Although the first round of the program – the focus in this paper – funded 10 experimental projects alongside extensive research, my argument is that Destination Local was less a matter of enabling specific place-based hyperlocal media outlets. Rather, it was an attempt to anticipate, assemble and animate a broader UK hyperlocal media ‘space’, composed of both technical ecologies (e.g. data, devices, platforms, standards) and practical fields (e.g. journalism, software development, local government, community activism). This space, I argue, was anchored to a largely implicit political discourse of localism.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): anticipation, computation, hyperlocal media, localism, location-based media, media production, mobile technology, philanthropy, social media, space
    School: School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Scott Rodgers
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 15:21
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 04:22
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18258

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