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Up Close and Impersonal: Locative Media and the Changing...

Date:
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time:
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4110
Cost:
Free

"Up Close and Impersonal: Locative Media and the Changing Nature of the Networked Individual in the City"

Presented by Darryl Pieber as part of the Mediations Workshop and Lecture Series, organized by FIMS graduate students.

Responses from Mason Brooks and TBA.

Abstract: This presentation considers locative media apps – location-based apps on mobile devices – and their potential to change how individuals experience urban settings. Locative media further lead toward networked individualism. Networked individualism describes a shift toward multiple, shifting social networks rather than belonging to closely-bounded and often geographically based groups. Because locative media apps draw on how a person moves through an urban space, these apps can have a significant impact on the ways in which people interact with their cities and with each other. They mediate users’ relations with urban spaces by adding another layer to the sensorial overload common in urban spaces. They can also make visible formerly anonymous strangers nearby and facilitate ad hoc, transient relations. Locative media apps also have unintended social consequences linked to its location-based nature, such as heightened privacy concerns, negative experiences with strangers, invisibility through filtering, and a recalibrated sense of urbanity.

Host:
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Contact:
Becky Blue
bblue@uwo.ca


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