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    Roots and fields: excursions through place, space and local in hyperlocal media

    Rodgers, Scott (2017) Roots and fields: excursions through place, space and local in hyperlocal media. Media, Culture & Society 40 (6), pp. 856-887. ISSN 0163-4437.

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    In 2012, UK charity Nesta announced Destination Local, a program focused on future developments in ‘hyperlocal media’ based on location-based technologies. The program’s first round funded an experimental portfolio of 10 small projects. In this paper, I present vignettes drawn from walking interviews with four of the project leaders, putting these into dialogue with phenomenological and practice-centered media theory, as well as growing interests in the geographies of media. My argument is that practices of so-called hyperlocal media should be understood via a phenomenological duality. On the one hand, as activities rooted in place: conducting media work though situated environments. Yet on the other hand, as inhabitations of field spaces: geographically dispersed social and technical worlds. This analysis suggests we step back in order to consider the conceptualization of place, space and the local itself in studies of ‘hyperlocal’ as an emergent form of media production.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): hyperlocal media, journalism, local media, place and space, field theory, digital media, phenomenology, walking interviews
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Scott Rodgers
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 09:55
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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