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Communications and the City
Journalism & Communication
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Name Instructor Class Date of Submission Communications and the City It is interesting how dystopian our views of the city of tomorrow invariably are. In film, in novels, in imagination, our cities just get taller, darker, faster, and dirtier. The common niceties that typified human society up until now seem to have been obliterated by the growth of the impersonal city.
Consider the tricorders in use in the original Star Trek television series and early films; the video wristwatches that were available to James Bond back in the 1970's, and the eerie way in which Sandra Bullock's droid character was able to see into Sylvester Stallone's memories in Demolition Man. Now that the 21st century has arrived, we are completely surrounded by communication. We carry access to the World Wide Web in our pockets; the ability to communicate digitally has actually slowed our interpersonal communication, as we spend our time with other people texting people who are not with us, or posting information about what we are doing on Facebook or other social media sites. However, communication from the media to us does not just travel through smartphones, and the newest forms of urban planning are taking this change into account. One of the challenges facing urban planners is the inclusion of robust methods of communication and media technology without ending up living in the dank, black sort of city that served as The Running Man's labyrinth. ...
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