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Significant changes are occurring in the social spaces of modern cities and the social functioning of media. This erudite, forceful book argues that the spaces and rhythms of contemporary cities are radically different to those described in classic theories of urbanism. Changes in the city have been paralleled by the transformation of media which has become increasingly mobile, instantaneous and pervasive. The media are no longer separate from the city. Offering social commentary at the deepest levels of historical and critical reference, The Media City links Myspace to Howard Hughes; trams to cinema; security cameras to exploding buildings; reality TV to Marx; and Lenin on privacy to Kracauer on the mass ornament.

Wide-ranging and richly illustrated, it intersects disciplines and connects phenomena which are too often left isolated from each other to propose a new way of understanding public and private space and social life in contemporary cities. It will find a broad readership in media and communications, cultural studies, social theory, urban sociology, architecture, and art history.

Liquid Cities
Liquid cities

And as the big cities grew, the means of razing them developed in tandem. What visions of the future this evokes!

(Walter Benjamin 1938)

You will be able to build a building in light so you can walk around and change it.

(Stephen Coons 1968)1

In Alex Proyas’ film Dark City (1997) a man wakes up in a room with a dead woman who has been brutally murdered. His memory is hazy fragmented. He can't remember what happened. He can't remember his own name. The film conjures a compendium of noir elements – seedy hotels, shadowy streets, hard-boiled cops, a string of dead women, a hero accused of murder, his torch-singer wife – all set in what seems to be the noir heyday of the 1940s. ...

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