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Media and Geography

  • By: James Craine & Giorgio Hadi Curti
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

How and why geographers engage with media is inherently tied to questions of what media are and do. The term media itself is ambiguous: http://dictionary.com defines the singular form medium as “an intervening agency, means, or instrument,” and the term was first applied to printed new s-papers more than two centuries ago. Since the early 20th century, the usage of the term as a singular collective noun began to be popularized and its application expanded. Following this general meaning and expanded usage, an intersection of media with geography can be understood as an intimate and inextricable part of the geographic discipline. From long-standing traditions of cartographic creation and analysis to humanist explorations of art and literature to critical, feminist, and poststructuralist engagements with film and ...

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